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  •  Glad you're feeling better! (3+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, cfk, greylox

    Ambulance service around these parts....$850 first 5 miles....$55/mile or portion of!  Unless you know the owner and it's $125?

    Amazing the Time I waste Here! Sometimes it's not wasted though!

    by raster44 on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 12:10:48 PM PDT

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    •  **That's our case too. (1+ / 0-)
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      Flaming Liberal for Jesus

      The hospital is only two miles away, but we were billed $800.  No insurance.  Still paying.  That's JUST the ambulance ride.

      **I'm calmer now, and a little bit hopey.

      by greylox on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 12:40:49 PM PDT

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    •  A caveat: (0+ / 0-)

      the 'unless you know the owner' is not legal.

      There are subscription programs where citizens of a community can 'subscribe; to a program that allows the ambulance service to accept the insurance payment for medically necessary trips, and write off the remainder.

      Medicare law requires that ambulance services charge all patients the same (consistent for services rendered), regardless of 'who knows who'.

      In honor of the Obama Administration's actions on GLBT issues during Pride month, Pride 2009 is proclaimed "Back of the Bus Pride Month".!

      by emsprater on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 12:43:00 PM PDT

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