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Woman needs emergency care but says: Don’t call an ambulance; it costs too much

ambulance ride results in high surprise billsWoman’s leg is stuck and cut on a train platform but begs for no ambulance: Do you know how much an ambulance costs? How would you react in that moment? Read what happened to the woman and share your thoughts in the comments.Imagine this: You are awaiting a train when you slip into the gap between the train and platform and your leg is stuck and cut to the bone. You’re in intense pain, and people are scrambling to help you, but your budget is your primary concern.

“Do you know how much an ambulance costs?” you ask.

This is exactly what happened to a 45-year-old woman in Boston. She was shaking and crying from her injuries, according to the Boston Globe, but begged people not to call an ambulance because she was worried about the high cost.

The incident captured the attention of many people who understand all too well how much health care can cost, and who were outraged that a bill for emergency treatment would keep someone from getting urgent attention. The New York Times editorial board even weighed in on the issue.

The Globe quoted Jim Hooley, chief of Boston EMS, who said that an ambulance transporting people within the city would cost $1,200 to $1,900 for patients with the most pressing needs, like resuscitation.

Thankfully, passengers mounted a heroic effort to free the woman, who was later treated for a serious cut on her left thigh that exposed bone.

Have you ever stopped in the middle of a medical emergency to weigh the cost of your care? What do you think about this story? Share your thoughts with Voices.