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Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
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end_of_rope responded:
My advice, don't call 911!!! That is unless your insurance covers ambulance rides. I needed it once when I had some seizures, my hubby and I were in car, he was driving thank god. After my second seizure he called 911. The ambulance literally took me 3 miles and now they want $900. This is, of course, FDNY, so unless you are dying or have good insurance be prepared to pay through the nose for help.
 
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jago45 responded:
Don't call 911 and avoid ERs if at all possible. They'll charge you a fortune for it and they usually send a cop with the ambulance. They did when I called them and he started bossing everybody around and taking over. They can also force you to stay at the hospital if you're judged a danger to yourself and charge you for it. If you have psychiatric problems they will try to force you to do this. Several investigations have found that hospitals were paying bounties for people they got this way.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to end_of_rope's response:
I hope you both read the post this one linked to. :-) Sometimes calling 911 is the best course of action, depending on what's going on.

If I recall, the concern at the time was that people were coming here with significant and acute chest pain and posting here instead of getting the necessary emergency care. But we agree that sometimes it's NOT the place to go, hence the information shared at that link. :-)
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell


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