Send me an "ambulance services" bill for $1,061.75. I call my insurance company, they paid their contracted amount and according to them I only need to pay $82.00. The hospital sending the bill partners with our town's First Aid Squad, but is used for MICU/ICU which I was NOT in nor was it the hospital used.
Now I have to call this outsourced billing company and ask them where in the Sam Hell do they get off charging my over a thousand bucks? I did not know I was now going to be a part owner of an ambulance. Just know I am not excited about making this call. I understand EMS people make piss and are volunteers, but then just who is getting all this freakin' money???
After doing some internet research I found articles about numerous ambulance companies across the country that have been accused of fraud alongside Medicare. There were also lots of comments from people claiming they would never call for an ambulance ever again. Pick, life or death. Awesome.
And this is why I hate the US healthcare system with a passion.
We pay so much out of pocket for services, yes even with health insurance for those who live elsewhere, it is ridiculous. On top of that, NO ONE should have to decline an ambulance because you will get slammed with a charge for over a thousand dollars.
This is why I can't understand people who keep fighting Universal Healthcare. Do you really think medical bankruptcy is an awesome thing? I worked in mortgaging, I saw it listed on a few deals that came through. You shouldn't think losing your car or house or that depleting your savings to pay for any sort of medical treatments is acceptable. That doesn't say "Freedom" to me. Why would you want to fight tooth and nail to get stuff covered? Who the hell decided that medical care is not a God given right? Who is that person as I would like to inflict some private justice on them with a 2 x 4. I am tired of hearing about people unable to buy their diabetes medication or get that mammogram. Don't tell me they need to get a job or two, lots of folks have jobs and crappy insurance plans thanks to their employers not willing to buy better ones. I also love people who think like me being referred to as commie liberals because you know, healthcare is for wimps and you should just be glad you live in America.
So I will let you know how that phone call goes. Have a nice day.