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Old 08-05-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I still haven't seen an answer to my earlier inquiry, as to whether San Antonio is the exception in charging fees for emergency medical services, compared to other cities and communities across the country.

That's unusual. Most insurance picks up the tab for emergency transportation to the hospital, or at least pays most of it.
Austin, Dallas & Houston all charge similar fees for EMS services. I would suspect the rest of the country is the same.

EMS is abused by many and also used chronically by few, some who need it, some who don't. It makes sense to allocate the cost to the user. I would suspect the fees recovered under this patient billing only cover a small portion of the total cost, the rest of which goes to the taxpayer.

Someone mentioned fire department, I do believe there is a billing procedure for certain SAFD responses, including Hazmat incidents.

On the insurance side, it may be the OP is on a high deductible plan or similar, where the amount "covered" by insurance reflects only a negotiated discount up until a deductible has been hit.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Newk, don't know if you've found a doctor but if you haven't, my mom sees Dr. Jocelyn Theard for Crohn's and LOVES her.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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We called EMS again. This time for bowel perforation. Bill before insurance kicks in: $673. I wanted to drive her myself, but she literally couldn't move.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Wife called EMS a few weeks ago and they took her vitals and then promptly left. Why do they send me a bill? If I called the Fire Department because of a fire would they also send me a bill? If I called the Police because someone was breaking in, would they send me a bill as well?
Everyone wants money. If the fire department uses it's tools to take you out of your car, you will be billed. I am shocked they don't charge for the gallons if water used to quench a fire
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Everyone wants money. If the fire department uses it's tools to take you out of your car, you will be billed. I am shocked they don't charge for the gallons if water used to quench a fire
Listen to Adam Carolla's podcast, he has a lot to say about this topic and other city services.
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I wonder what would happen if I just refuse to ride the EMS, and I refuse to be treated by them. For example I get a broke leg in accident, I record me telling them to not treat me because I don't have money , and my wife is gonna come and take me to hospital.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:29 AM
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I wonder what would happen if I just refuse to ride the EMS, and I refuse to be treated by them. For example I get a broke leg in accident, I record me telling them to not treat me because I don't have money , and my wife is gonna come and take me to hospital.
You wouldn't get a bill. What you describe is the equivalent of going into a restaurant and not ordering.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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I wonder what would happen if I just refuse to ride the EMS, and I refuse to be treated by them. For example I get a broke leg in accident, I record me telling them to not treat me because I don't have money , and my wife is gonna come and take me to hospital.
Stop wondering. You will still get a bill.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You wouldn't get a bill. What you describe is the equivalent of going into a restaurant and not ordering.
Depends on whether you called them or not. It is more like going into a restaurant, ordering, then refusing the food when it got there - you will get charged.
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