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Old 08-19-2010, 08:03 AM
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I was just reading a post from 2008 about a person who was retired and even tho he had medical insurance, had so much trouble getting medical attention that he was leaving TN
I'm wondering, how hard is it going to be to find a good hospital if I have a medical emergency? Also, now, I live in NC and have no insurance because I can't afford it. Will a hopital there in TN refuse to treat me if I need emergency care or operation?

Thanks all!
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:34 PM
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I didn't see this thread before I responded to your question in another thread. I think you've read my response but for other people that read this, years from now, this is the thread with my response: Anything I wont like about Knoxville

And the short answer is I don't think you read that in the Knoxville forum, and even if you did, I don't have insurance and have received EXCELLENT care here and doctors, hospitals and other medical field personnel that will work with you. They have been kind and compassionate. I also will say that my family physician gives me a rock-bottom price. I mean rock-bottom.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:43 PM
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If you are talking about TRUELY EMERGENT care, you will not have a problem. I have walked into Blount Memorial 2 times without insurance and no one even batted an eye at me.

Now, subacute care is a totally different story, even WITH insurance. I have had to wait for HOURS in some offices, and minutes in others. It all comes down to how good the MD and the staff are. Unfortunately sometimes the MD's who are brilliant in the OR/taking acute care of patients are useless in their office. It's a mixed bag.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:42 PM
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thank you both hiknaptster and TedTAce for your answers. Maybe what you are saying about a subacute care is what that person form 2008 post was complaining about.

But that's nice to know about medical care.
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