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18. I got sick while on vacation in NY.
Sun Sep 15, 2019, 05:06 PM
Sep 2019

I drove to the nearest walk-in clinic, where I had a medical emergency. They called an ambulance to take me to the nearest Emergency Room, ten minutes away. In my distressed state I didn’t notice that I was in a private ambulance. What kind of idiotic clinic would call for a private ambulance? I was lucky to survive the trip to the ER. I found out it was private two weeks later when I got a $1200 bill for the ten-minute ride. All they did was start a saline-drip IV and hook me up to a monitor. The VA, which is usually pretty good at covering ER visits, wouldn’t cover the private ambo ride. All I could manage was getting a 10% discount from the private ambo company for being a veteran. How generous of them!
We sure have one messed up healthcare system! Too many greedy people poised and ready to take advantage of us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

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Nowhere near as serious as others, but... HerbChestnut Sep 2019 #1
At one time I had insurance with a high deductible treestar Sep 2019 #2
Wow Bev54 Sep 2019 #7
200,000. Out of network cost when my husband had a massive stroke almost 3 years ago. onecaliberal Sep 2019 #3
The ones for medications that Medicare considers to be "off-label" and won't cover. greatauntoftriplets Sep 2019 #4
Small but still absurd Runningdawg Sep 2019 #5
It is absurd to receive any bill Bev54 Sep 2019 #6
We US citizens are the ones who are absurd for doing nothing about it. Sneederbunk Sep 2019 #8
In 1991, I contracted viral encephalitis. I was driving across the MineralMan Sep 2019 #9
Hard to decide. I had a panic attack that I mistook for a heart attack several years ago Politicub Sep 2019 #10
Took care of my Wellstone ruled Sep 2019 #11
After my son was born... JoeOtterbein Sep 2019 #12
The time the insurance company said the general anesthesia for the spinal surgery wasn't covered. WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2019 #13
Mom in a rehab center and she needed her toe nails clipped. They charged $25 per toe. $250. n/t zackymilly Sep 2019 #14
$10,000 for 5 or 6 hours in the hospital Bradical79 Sep 2019 #15
Also the other direction... $4.08 keithbvadu2 Sep 2019 #16
I've had a few, but they were mistakes. Iggo Sep 2019 #17
I got sick while on vacation in NY. DCofVA Sep 2019 #18
I was ill after my last child Bettie Sep 2019 #19
I've never gotten an absurd medical bill. elocs Sep 2019 #20
$250 out of network for an emergency room visit while on a business trip. Blue_true Sep 2019 #21
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