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Old 06-15-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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REALLY?

How much does the ambulance cost that they drove over to check her freakin' heartrate? How many motorists were forced to yield (and how many potential accidents were there) because someone couldn't be bothered to go to the doctor's office?!???

Did they get there magically via warp? Did they return to their station the same way? Let me see....2 men....10 minutes there, 15 minutes on site (no matter what you say, there's no way they were in and out in 5 minutes - and even 15 would be fast), 10 minutes back to station. Process the call paperwork back at the station, replenish truck of any supplies used - they tied up at least an hour for 2 men - on a non-emergency call.....and you call $100 "getting rich"?!??

I agree completely, I am surprised it way only $100
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:31 AM
 
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Even plumbers and other people typically charge $65 or $75 as a trip charge before they do any work. Thats because it costs money for them to show up... The dispatcher, the service people, the truck, the gas, etc.

I remember hearing about people complaining when they got a bill after being rescued by emergency staff because they went around a barricade and tried to go through one of San Antonio's notorious low water crossings and got stuck.

If they didnt charge something, a few people would just call them instead of going to the doctor, tying up their services for true emergencies for everyone else.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I agree completely, I am surprised it way only $100
i was about to say the same thing. i haven't ever heard of an EMT response cost less than $300.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Maybe you should just spend $50 and buy a good home blood pressure cuff.

I would have expected the charge to be more like $500.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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If I have to go to the Hospital, I'll usually just get a Limo.
Might as well right!?
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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If you think EMS is bad, better hope you never have to be air-lifted. (of course we hope that never happens for a myriad of other reasons) AirLife bills get into the tens of thousands of dollars.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:45 AM
 
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I really don't think anyone was lonely or just wanted their blood pressure checked. Often people have medical scares, EMS arrives, they deem it isn't a real emergency through the course of doing a few checks, then leave.

Is the view that no one should call EMS for a real medical scare because I don't understand the negativity this question generated. Many people are under the impression if the ambulance doesn't transport then they won't charge, clearing up this misconception could have been done without insult and more tact.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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If I have to go to the Hospital, I'll usually just get a Limo.
Might as well right!?
Can the limo driver do an IV, or defib, or connect EKG electrodes ?
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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i was about to say the same thing. i haven't ever heard of an EMT response cost less than $300.

Mine was ~$600 it was a moderate emergency and was necessary.


Here it is part of the city fire department.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:35 AM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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In Austin it is $800 and if you aren't transported your insurance likely won't pay it. Make sure it's a real emergency before calling them.

An automatic blood pressure cuff can be bought at the drug store for ~$50.00. It's a whole lot cheaper.

Unless you can't breathe, are bleeding profusely, having chest pain, or unconscious don't call them. Go to the ER yourself.
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