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Old 06-21-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: san antonio
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For them being there for a mere 5 minutes, yes the city is rackin' in the cash. $100.00 is exorbitant in my opinion especially considering she was not transported and that they merely checked her vitals as she has high blood pressure.
she called EMS. they didnt spend years in college on tuition, books living expenses, etc etc, to not get paid because someone has an entitlement complex

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I'm laughing at people who say she could have just gone to the hospital herself...really??? With the way she felt?? She was not feeling well at all and it probably wouldn't have been safe for her to drive herself, and NO she does not have health insurance.
i agree with this bit. if you think youre having a heart issue, driving is not something i would recommend doing. IANADoctor though.

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She was just very concerned that she might have had a serious medical issue. The medics checked her vitals and one rude medic in particular told her, "what do you want us to do"?

By my advice, she only pays a few dollars a month online; that's all they are getting from her. If they want to charge up the rear for these services....they'll have to wait a long time to get the money paid in full.

Healthcare should be a human right!
we have carelink in san antonio. that will help her with her medical bills. unless she has an unpaid bill with carelink, she likely qualifies.

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In the mean time we are all going to pay for this, as taxpayers, and you know what? It is worth it. I see nothing to whine about but whine some will, out of selfishness in my opinion.
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You can't be serious, can you? Your kind of thinking will just sink this country into more debt.

As I saw on a bumper sticker: "work harder, millions on welfare depend on you".
bears repeating.

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just thought there would not be a fee if she wasn't transported. Now, EMS will never get a call from me unless she really needs to get to the hospital. If I am there, I will drive her. Hell, I drove her when she had 9 out of 10 pain because of a kidney stone.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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The fee is lower if there is no transport, but there is a fee, nonetheless. IIRC, a few years back, the non-transport fee was something like $50. They were getting called all over, because $50 is a small fee for prompt medical attention.

Link to San Antonio EMS fees: San Antonio Fire Department

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Old 06-22-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Link to San Antonio EMS fees: San Antonio Fire Department
Friggin' ridiculous. Never again.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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The fee is lower if there is no transport, but there is a fee, nonetheless. IIRC, a few years back, the non-transport fee was something like $50. They were getting called all over, because $50 is a small fee for prompt medical attention.

Link to San Antonio EMS fees: San Antonio Fire Department
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Friggin' ridiculous. Never again.
So, is San Antonio the exception in charging fees like this for EMS? Are these services generally provided at no cost to the patient in other cities and communities across the country?
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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So, is San Antonio the exception in charging fees like this for EMS? Are these services generally provided at no cost to the patient in other cities and communities across the country?
No idea on this. It started to matter to me when I married someone with a chronic illness.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I don't think SA is an exception. I had to call EMS for my son when we lived in OK. They had to intubate and transport him to the hospital. I know we received a bill. I am almost positive that the EMS there was privatized though.

ETA: At least I think he was intubated before they left the house. It's possible that they just bagged him all the way to the hospital which was a very short distance away. He was definitely intubated when we got to the hospital.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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No idea on this. It started to matter to me when I married someone with a chronic illness.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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No idea on this. It started to matter to me when I married someone with a chronic illness.
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You're criticizing your own post?!?
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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This whole thread is ridiculous considering the point of the OP. Not pay for EMS care? Really?! If SA throws out city-run EMS services to Acadian or some other privatized service, you can expect to pay A LOT more than $100! For crying out loud, some people...

Oh, I could get way off topic on this.
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