Man Takes Ambulance 2X A Day Costing $100,000+ Each Time

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  1. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a

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    This is make you mad:

    http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=69029&catid=37
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Your title makes it sound like it cost 100k for each ride. Fixing it completely excuses the utter ridiculousness ;)
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea, your right, op make it 118k

    from the article

     
  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    118k for 600+ ambulance rides is one hell of a deal.

    Not that I'd want to pay it, but the typical cost is $700-$1000 per ride.
     
  5. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yeah my college makes it very clear to incoming freshmen that getting too drunk and taking the 2 block ambulance ride to the hospital costs $1000.
     
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I wonder how much his hospital treatment costs the US taxpayer?
     
  7. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    So because of Medicaid we taxpayers get a great deal?

    According to the report, this would have cost "..as high as $360,000" if it was being paid for privately instead of the $118,000 by medicaid.......another example that government run health care is cheaper than private healthcare? :p
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    The fire department I work for charges people $800-$1000 for a ride depending on the level of care they received. There are a few people in our city we are quite familiar with. Most of those people are overweight.
     
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    Why yes, it is! :p

    It actually cost $360,000.
     
  11. stevegmu macrumors regular

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    Every penny of it.
     
  12. freeny macrumors 68020

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    I wonder why hes not insured...

    Mmmmmm, status quo :)
     
  13. stevegmu macrumors regular

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    He doesn't work, so he must be handicapped or an addict/alcoholic. Either way, he should be eligible for Medicaid.
     
  14. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    There is nothing here that categorically states he is abusing the ambulance system.

    I really don't see what your problem is OP. Then again, I'm Scottish and strongly believe in the values behind our health system, the NHS. I imagine you don't agree with these values.
     
  15. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    So under a private option since he can't pay they would just let him die (and or suffer)?
     
  16. stevegmu macrumors regular

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    If he is in so much constant pain, that may not be a bad thing.
     
  17. skunk macrumors G4

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    And there we have it: the perfect solution to the healthcare problem.
     
  18. stevegmu macrumors regular

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    Isn't E. Emanuel one of Obama's closest health care advisors?
     
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    I don't understand this. Are you making fun of yourself? I'm sure with his condition it's impossible to keep a job, so yes, he is handicapped.
     
  21. stevegmu macrumors regular

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    I take it you don't know who E. Emanuel is- aka Dr. Death? He is an Obama advisor who believes medical care should be withheld from the elderly or sick, for the greater good of society.


    Code:
    http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Where_Civic_Republicanism_and_Deliberative_Democracy_Meet.pdf
     
  22. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

    Sorry bro, the name has been taken.
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    I could not possibly tell you, since I do not meet your criteria of having 24-hour access to all US cable and media outlets, but what I can tell you from reading the linked paper is that E Emmanuel's paper is not a policy proposal but an idea for discussion. You really must learn to read these links you so helpfully post.
     
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    Do Americans even meet those criteria, they have to sleep after all :eek:.
     
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    Who said anything about watching the news 24 hrs./day? I believe access is the key word.
     

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