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Old 06-11-2017, 08:52 PM
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Default Buddy of mine passed in his sleep early 50's. So the say?

Family was told there was no foul play, so if you want an autopsy to see why he died you have to pay for it. WTF?

Is this how it works? I was told they do a blood test for a drug overdose. Is this standard procedure?
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What is the issua? Do you think he was drugged? By himself or a family member?

People die. Everyday.
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They don't know why he died. Autopsy only if the family pays. Didn't know that's how it works.
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They don't know why he died. Autopsy only if the family pays. Didn't know that's how it works.
I hadn't thought through it but I wouldn't expect anyone else to, unless it looked suspicious?
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a buddy just turned fifty. Had his second heart attack last July, 4 by-passes. He looks healthy, not fat, exercises, physically active at work. I think it's genetics or high coke zero consumption. Or a combination. Point is, it can happen.
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This is standard. The only time it is automatically an ME case is if it is something that they feel is foul play, or an unexpected (read young) death. Even then, I believe that more often than not, the ones with no foul play, are still done at the family expense. I don't really see who else should be paying for it.
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That's standard. In most cases though, you have hit the out of pocket max so it may be picked up by the insurance company. I'm not sure if it is a covered charge though. When my wife passed, I was given the option. I was in too much shock and really didn't want to know at the time.
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A doctor has to sign a death certificate before the body goes to a funeral home. It would be uo to that doctor to decide. At least that's how it works in MD.
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Unless foul play is suspected, the authorities do not generally autopsy.
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
Unless foul play is suspected, the authorities do not generally autopsy.

What I thought too
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I respond to a lot of death cases. In Florida this is how it works.

Police will respond to all deaths at homes and such or anytime there is foul play

if there is NO SIGNS of foup play
1. We contact the deceased physician to see if they will sign death certificate. If they will family gets a funeral home and if family wants a autopsy they pay for it.

2. If physician wont sign USUALLY Medical Examiners office will either respond with Homicide OR they put pressure on the doctor to sign off if there is no obvious reason of foul play or suspected foul play .. depending on which way it goes either no.1 or no.3 applies..

3.If things are strange or FOUL PLAY (things stolen from the house, victim of a crime, drug activity in house etc.) then it will be a Medical Examiner's case. The MEs Office and Homicide Detectives will respond and pick the body up and do an autopsy.

That is the basics in Florida
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What cracker said. Did his dr sign off on the death certificate? If he did, then it is on the family for the autopsy. Do you suspect something, did someone stand to benefit from his death?
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Cutting to the chase here, about what does it cost for an autopsy?
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Very Sorry for your loss OP ...but also early 50s people do die with some regularity just FYI..
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People in their 50's die every day. It happens. Why dissect a body for no reason?
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Autopsy is 4K, the person is dead, talk about a billing nightmare. At 50 you should have regular physicals might be able to tell from that.
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I read a while back that the opioid epidemic is putting a huge load on county systems... coroners have a 2-3 week backlog on autopsies due to massive OD's... Problem is especially big in rust belt states/ rural areas.
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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
I read a while back that the opioid epidemic is putting a huge load on county systems... coroners have a 2-3 week backlog on autopsies due to massive OD's... Problem is especially big in rust belt states/ rural areas.


100% correct, and is spreading like wildfire.
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One upside to the opioid epidemic is a big uptick in available organs for transplant patients.

Why shouldn't you have to pay for an autopsy in a routine case?

Thanks for the official take on it Cracker.

Condolences on the loss of your buddy btw.
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Originally Posted by HDTBC View Post
One upside to the opioid epidemic is a big uptick in available organs for transplant patients.

Why shouldn't you have to pay for an autopsy in a routine case?

Thanks for the official take on it Cracker.

Condolences on the loss of your buddy btw.
I dont think they can use organs that are harvested from ODs as they could be damaged...BUT I am NOT an authority on medical stuff..

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