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Old November 29 2012, 09:05 PM   #37
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Re: Do the Homeless Get Free Medical Treatment at American Hospitals?

propita wrote: View Post
Locally, there's two homeless guys who call for ambulance rides averaging twice a day. And half the time, they leave the hospital soon after arrival because they didn't want to wait more than five minutes. I'm not joking. Big interview in the local paper, direct quotes of them being irate that people were not kowtowing to their wants. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, plus the unavailability of the ambulance for others who are actually having emergencies.
Surely, then, they could be prosecuted for fraudelent requests for emergency care?


propita wrote: View Post
Locally, there's two homeless guys who call for ambulance rides averaging twice a day. And half the time, they leave the hospital soon after arrival because they didn't want to wait more than five minutes. I'm not joking. Big interview in the local paper, direct quotes of them being irate that people were not kowtowing to their wants. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, plus the unavailability of the ambulance for others who are actually having emergencies.

Hubby was on call this past weekend. A parent called him--child receiving free medical care and the formula she opened was the wrong one. Okay, she had enough for the weekend, so fix it Monday, right? No! She wanted it fixed NOW, regardless of the costs to the hospital (read CA taxpayers) to get both a pharmacist into the office and the deliveryman on a Sunday (this department is closed weekends, but with people on call for emergencies). True, there was a delivery error (long before Hubby started working there), but she signed for the item without checking. The delivery person is delivering, not checking prescriptions--not qualified. Had she checked, as she was supposed to, there would have been no false-emergency. This was formula with a few nutritional additives, not medication.
Sounds to me as though that's the sort of abuse of public resources that "conservative" politicians should concentrate on addressing andcurbing, instead of arguing against healthcare for those who actually do desperately need it.

It's understandable and even laudable that liberals, in their determination to save lives and livelihoods, set up systems that can occasionally be misused in these sorts of ways. But, without excusing the actions of abusers, I'd rather society overreach in such matters than under-reach.
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