Ambulance. .. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. You even pay for THAT?
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User avatar #2 - buttkickerboy ONLINE (04/26/2014) [+] (62 replies)
Well..?
how much?
#3 to #2 - almightybenjamin (04/26/2014) [-]
I don't know, but its more expensive than free
User avatar #9 - thechosentroll (04/26/2014) [+] (9 replies)
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. You even pay for THAT?
#73 - mattdoggy ONLINE (04/27/2014) [+] (6 replies)
>friends parent picks up a small snake
>its pygmy rattler and it naturally does what evil snakes do and bites him
>he being a bad ass immediately cuts off a clean chunk of hit bitten finger before we even realize he's been bitten
>like pick up and then immediate cut off a cube of flesh without flinching
>with some turpentine and a little pressure on the area the wound is not bleeding within five minutes
>he says he'll drive to the hospital with a friend and that we can go back to what we were doing
>nope
>someone without us knowing called 911 and described the situation over the phone
>an ambulance was there by the time they were pulling out of the driveway and life flight wasn't far out
>the ambulance simply re wrapped his wound with some gauze and then waited for the helicopter
>we figured we'd meet them at the hospital because it was a boring day so we drove the fifty or so miles to the hospital
>two hours AFTER we get to the hospital the helicopter lands with him on board
>they say he doesn't even need antivenin and that his finger was properly treated by the paramedics in the ambulance
>he gets a half dozen stitches and goes home
>about a month later the bill comes through
>43 thousand American dollars
>30k of it was for the flight
>8 or 9 of it was for an ambulance he didn't ride in
>the rest was for a doctor to put a few threads in and smear some 5 dollar gel on it
>mfw it feels like someone is trying to sell me something
User avatar #36 - alexhill (04/27/2014) [+] (40 replies)
Is America really a **** to place to live?
#37 to #36 - tomthehippie (04/27/2014) [-]
Basically we have a **** healthcare system, half the people have been duped by Republicans into thinking that big business cares about anything other than making money. We have for profit jails and prisons, and politicians are trying to shut down public education. We have politicians (one of which made a run for Vice President) that say that federal grants for college are destroying this country.



Yeah, basically it's ****** up here.
#5 - ozzysite ONLINE (04/26/2014) [+] (3 replies)
I once had a mandatory hospital ride that took 5 mins (2 miles), because the insurance said I needed to use the ambulance. Even though I was driven to the first facility, and could have gotten to the 2nd just fine. The insurance wouldn't cover the bill and it cost $1500.
#28 - csonosky (04/26/2014) [+] (26 replies)
> had terrible boat accident
> prop hit let hamstring fell out and nerves ripped out
> ****** .gif
>30 min ride back
>meet police ambulance fwc and fire truck
> ICU unit for 5 days 4 nights
> get bill
> 600 to be wheeled from ambulance to OR
> 750 for ride in ambulance
> get final bill 130,000 dollars
> mfw
#124 - shadowrated (04/27/2014) [-]
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#112 - eggoman (04/27/2014) [+] (5 replies)
What really pisses me of is that EMT's only make 12$ an hour saving your ass.
User avatar #47 - sinery (04/27/2014) [+] (2 replies)
But what is the story behind the picture?
Inb4 when you find out the cost.
#49 to #47 - muffintime (04/27/2014) [-]
it's how it feels to chew 5 gum
#107 - infinitereaper ONLINE (04/27/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Back in high school my family almost disowned me becuase of they were afraid the insurance wasn't going to cover my ambulance ride and 3 hour hospital stay   
   
And boy could I tell you thing about how our healthcare system is 						******					 up, but I'm tired, so I'll just say what I always say,   
   
Freedom isn't free, but it is for sale.
Back in high school my family almost disowned me becuase of they were afraid the insurance wasn't going to cover my ambulance ride and 3 hour hospital stay

And boy could I tell you thing about how our healthcare system is ****** up, but I'm tired, so I'll just say what I always say,

Freedom isn't free, but it is for sale.
User avatar #4 - okamiterasu (04/26/2014) [-]
Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

the more you know
#66 - boboroad ONLINE (04/27/2014) [-]
**boboroad rolled image** MFW I notice this
User avatar #39 - cleverguy (04/27/2014) [+] (10 replies)
you do realize an ambulance is for more than just transport, right? it's a mobile emergency care unit with specially trained professionals on board who keep you from dying long enough to get you to a hospital. compared to hospital bills, ambulance fees are a bargain.
#213 - learnthisline (04/27/2014) [+] (6 replies)
You get charged for ambulances...

I suppose freedom isn't free... in America.
#192 - iamtheceej (04/27/2014) [+] (4 replies)
Paying for healthcare, ha
User avatar #183 - PubLandlord (04/27/2014) [+] (6 replies)
it does seem kind of stupid, the richest country in the world isn't even in the top 30 for healthcare
#81 - ohhhsnap (04/27/2014) [-]
**ohhhsnap rolled image** mfw i need an ambulance
#193 - SergeantPWN (04/27/2014) [+] (4 replies)
I went to the hospital because my heart felt like it was about to burst (for some odd reason, I'm normally pretty healthy - but you can never be too careful). 3 hours later I left with a diagnosis of "chest pains" and was told I have a slight Potassium deficiency, so they gave me a supplement for it.

A week later I get a bill of $14,800.... For three hours watching tv in a hospital bed.

Analysis of treatments given: (keep in mind I could NOT say no to these, I was pretty mad, and possibly lied to)
IV (completely unnecessary)
Blood Sample taken (also unnecessary, but maybe something in my blood was doing it)
Heart Rate Diodes (unnecessary, but it's routine for a hospital I suppose)
Chest Scan (the ONLY thing I thought would be necessary for my issue)
A Potassium supplement and cup of water (horrendously unnecessary. I could grab a ******* banana)

Mfw the bill. I'm going to be paying that off until I'm 50.
User avatar #235 - kurtlanglie (04/27/2014) [+] (11 replies)
EMT here. Allow me to clear a few misconceptions that seem to be running rampant in the comments section.

First of all yes, the ride from an ambulance has to be paid for. You might ask, "Why on earth do I have to pay $500 to get wheeled a mile down the road to a hospital? All I needed was a sling!"

What you're paying for is the salary of both me and my partner, the cost of keeping the truck fueled and in order, the equipment that we use on you, the medicine we use on you (did you know Oxygen is a medicine?), and the hospital's profit.

"But that's still ridiculous! And many hospitals are nonprofit, so what gives?"

Here's a secret: a lot of people don't pay the bill because they either legitimately can't pay for it, or they're welfare hounds that use us as their own personal taxi. The company I worked for, to give an example, reported roughly 3.2 million dollars lost because of unpaid ambulance rides that will never be paid for.

Continued.
User avatar #141 - DemonX (04/27/2014) [+] (1 reply)
$65 for Ambulance in NZ

$90 for Helicopter from Hospital to Hospital.


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