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  •  That happened to me on a business trip to SF (6+ / 0-)

    a few months ago. I became ill while in San Francisco on business a few months ago. The Hotel staff called an ambulance (if you ever want to have fun, get wheeled through the lobby of a hotel on a stretcher at about 1:00 in the morning with your colleagues are drifting in from their night of drinking).

    I do not know anyone in SF and so Kaiser offered to send me back to my hotel afterward in a taxi with a voucher. The cab driver became angry with me for not telling him when I got it that I had the voucher. Silly me, I was still worrying over the fact that I had nearly stopped breathing in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar city.

    I received a bill about 2 months ago for over $900 for the ambulance ride since the doctors and ambulance were outside of my normal coverage.

    There is an endless demand for people to speak, There is a limited supply of intelligent things to say--Jon Meacham

    by smartdemmg on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 12:06:56 PM PDT

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    •  Kaiser billed my 8-year old son (5+ / 0-)

      for being in a car wreck with an unconscious driver, 13K for ambulance transport to a non-Kaiser hospital. I feel you on the bill. That's shameful and well, so are they.

      Yes, those vouchers. They get completely exploited. Obviously they aren't just used for outbound transport. They get used for all sorts of bizarre things that Kaiser and other hospitals want, although Kaiser is the worst offender I've seen.

      I wonder if Kaiser patients and the general public know about this?

      I wonder if this is area-specific or does this happen in other parts of the country as well?

      Please don't be upset with your cab driver. I guarantee they had no idea what to do, and the way the cab industry works... it's so exploitive of labor, it's unreal. There are some perks, for sure, but overall, most drivers just get screwed all the time and constantly endanger their lives to do it. The procedure is poorly laid out by the companies and you sometimes wind up owing money to work. It's complex.

      Point being that I'm suddenly wondering if this is common or uncommon?

      We had no mental health facility here, so ALL psych releases from ER's were "stabilized" and then... released. We have few homeless shelters, so in the winter, all releases went to the street corners.

      "Heidegger? But I didn't even know her!"

      by mahakali overdrive on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 12:20:06 PM PDT

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