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Old 06-14-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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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?
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Check to see if your health plan will cover it. But yes, it is standard to bill patients for EMS use. Some discriminate between emergency and non-emergency situations as well.

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Old 06-14-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Because you called for service to come to you rather than go to the Dr/hospital.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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Because this is America-
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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how much was that bill?
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Your wife called EMS to take her vitals and you are balking at paying for it?

She didn't need to be transported to the hospital? This is the reason MOST people call EMS, not to take their BP.

Yes, cities charge for EMS service.

Your health insurance should pay it as long as it was indeed an emergency, not the wife getting lonely.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Because this is America-

And you need to pay for services rendered.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:42 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Every other part of the health care system gets reimbursed by insurance when Americans seek medical care, why shouldn't the taxpayer-funded EMS? It's part of the medical care delivery system.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Before EMS was established in San Antonio in the 1970s, ambulance services were provided by private companies, and they generally weren't staffed by EMTs. They just transported. I doubt that their services were complimentary.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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I found this it also but mine was more than $100. I think it was about $200.

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