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Old August 2 2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Lifeguard gets 2,600$ bill after saving boy from the Surf

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/...130832240.html
Seventeen-year-old John Clark of Vancouver, Wash., knew what to do when he saw a boy struggling to stay afloat in the surf off the Oregon coast.

The trained pool lifeguard jumped through the breakers and heavy swells to reach the boy in the ocean, reports KOIN-TV. Clark then calmed the boy and kept him afloat until watercraft arrived to take them to shore.

"I don't know exactly how big the swells were," Clark told the TV station, "but they were big enough to push both of us underwater—all the way down to where we were touching sand."

An ambulance came and took the 12-year-old boy, wrapped in a towel, and Clark—who complained of a headache—to the hospital.

Clark thought it was standard procedure until a few weeks later when he was shocked at the bill from the hospital.

The emergency room bill came to $449. The physician's bill was $227. The 15-mile ride in the ambulance was $1,907. The total bill for saving a young man's life was nearly $2,600.

"I had a feeling there would be a bill," Clark told the news station. "But I didn't know how much it would be, and I kind of feel bad for the fact that it's so expensive. But I couldn't just let the kid go—I had to do something."

He and his family are making arrangements to pay the bill.
Here is my question, why would the lifeguard be responsible for the bill?

That doesn't make any sense to me, wouldn't it go to the boy's family? is it because he called the ambulance?
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Old August 2 2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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The lifeguard isn't paying for the kid's ER visit, the $2600 is for his own ER visit. The story here isn't some specific injustice as the sensationalist headline suggests. It's just a case of our crap health care system.
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Old August 2 2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Re: Lifeguard gets 2,600$ bill after saving boy from the Surf

Why would he get a bill? Especially a physician/ER bill, it wasn't stated that he was looked at...in the article or in the news story?
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Old August 2 2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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^He was taken to the ER after complaining of a headache, a trip which cost $1,907. He was seen by a physician, which cost $227, and treated in ER facilities at a cost of $449. The article states that rather explicitly, and anyone whose gone to the ER knows the result is a huge bill regardless of the severity of their complaint. I'm sure the boy's family have a much larger bill that they're dealing with!
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Old August 2 2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Re: Lifeguard gets 2,600$ bill after saving boy from the Surf

Hey, the alternative to paying 26 hundo for a headache is the death panel which surely would've sent a firing squad instead of an ambulance to kill the both of them.

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Old August 2 2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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Re: Lifeguard gets 2,600$ bill after saving boy from the Surf

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^He was taken to the ER after complaining of a headache, a trip which cost $1,907. He was seen by a physician, which cost $227, and treated in ER facilities at a cost of $449. The article states that rather explicitly, and anyone whose gone to the ER knows the result is a huge bill regardless of the severity of their complaint. I'm sure the boy's family have a much larger bill that they're dealing with!
Indeed. I got an itemized bill from an ER once where I was charged (or rather my insurance company) $150 for two Tylenol. Those two Tylenol a triage nurse gave to me out of a desk drawer from a bottle you can buy anywhere for $10.

It is a nice symbol of how shitty our healthcare system is when a ride to the hospital and getting looked over to see if you're going to, you know, die or not costs you $2600.
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Old August 2 2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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FFS USA, stop behaving like a third world country and introduce a National Health Service !
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Old August 2 2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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FFS USA, stop behaving like a third world country and introduce a National Health Service !
But... but... "Freedom"... "Choice".... Uhhh... "Death Panels."

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Old August 2 2012, 08:54 PM   #9
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FFS USA, stop behaving like a third world country and introduce a National Health Service !
Exactly. That's the real story here.
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Old August 2 2012, 08:57 PM   #10
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Re: Lifeguard gets 2,600$ bill after saving boy from the Surf

^ Strangely enough, I actually agree with this.
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Old August 2 2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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Why is that strange?
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Because I'm supposed to be too conservative for that kind of thought. I must be slipping in my old age.
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Old August 2 2012, 09:05 PM   #13
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Because I'm supposed to be too conservative for that kind of thought. I must be slipping in my old age.
I don't know that that a persons stance on a NHS is so much a barometer of his political affiliation so much as it is a measure of his humanity.

Or at least it should be.
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Old August 2 2012, 09:08 PM   #14
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^He was taken to the ER after complaining of a headache, a trip which cost $1,907. He was seen by a physician, which cost $227, and treated in ER facilities at a cost of $449. The article states that rather explicitly, and anyone whose gone to the ER knows the result is a huge bill regardless of the severity of their complaint. I'm sure the boy's family have a much larger bill that they're dealing with!
Nonsense, going to the ER costs nothi... oh wait...

I don't live in the US. Crazy people.
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I had heard that even in the US, anyone who goes to the ER - even if they're broke and have no insurance - must be treated. Is that apocryphal?
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