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Old 02-11-2019, 11:34 PM
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So yesterday my wife was having some pain in her lower abdomen. Today she left work early to go to an urge care. Wait times were over 3 hrs so she went home and made an appointment with her obgyn for tomorrow. She said the pain got worse and she went to hospital in st cloud.

By the time I got up there they had already ran tests and did an ultra sound and found she had a cyst on her ovary. Doctor came I and said she was going to be transferred to winnie palmer. Said they would be doing surgery to remove the cyst. I asked if I can take her instead of an ambulance and he stated how she wouldnt be able to take her records and that it would take a long time waiting for them to take her in, request records. Made it seem like she wouldnt be able to have anything done until the next day

So now were here sitting around listening to how it's not that bad and she is going to be sent home.

It really gets under my skin when we listen to the doctor, she got to ride in an ambulance and now I'm sure we will be getting a nice bill for it.

Really just happy she isnt having surgery, just cant help but think about that ride.

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:02 AM
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It sucks but better safe than sorry. Be happy she will be ok. They will milk you for every dime they can though.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:26 AM
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When I was in EMT class the instructor told us if we were ever injured or needed medical assistance to call an ambulance, he said that was the difference between immediate assistance and waiting 3-4 hours in the emergency room.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:31 AM
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Hope all turns out well.
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Food for thought... A close friend and co worker had issues on the job a few weeks ago, Refused to call an ambulance,instead, elected to " get a ride " to a hospital nearer his home. The look on the faces of his widow and 2 young children was heartbreaking.
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Back in September while recovering at home after my surgery I developed an "un-specified" infection. The home health nurse insisted that she call 911 and have me taken to the emergency room by ambulance. Here in Milwaukee we have private service, fire and fire / rescue units. At one ponit there were 10 first responders in the kitchen where I was sitting. Outside was an ambulance, fire truck and rescue squard. Because I had a trach at the time I was transported by the squad. The City billed me for $1200 and the private firm about $250. A little over kill on the response but I got right into the emergency room. Spent two days in the hospital being treated for infection
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:34 AM
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Getting admitted to a hospital room isn't always easy. I would assume coming in an ambulance speeds up the process.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:45 AM
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Just be glad they didn't call a helo for her. $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Getting admitted to a hospital room isn't always easy. I would assume coming in an ambulance speeds up the process.
not really, the ambulance it self has nothing to do with how fast you get in. what does matter is the condition and severity of the problem.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:19 PM
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You have to consider that all healthcare providers are CONSTANTLY worrying about getting sued and do EVERYTHING to defend themselves in such suits. It probably drives half of their decisions! So yes, it was probably excessive to use an ambulance but the dr is probably thinking if something happens in transport, your lawyer will be asking him under oath why he didn't use an ambulance! This is an extreme part of why healthcare in this country is the most expensive but no where near the best in terms of results! Every few years it looks like something will be done about it but half our politicians are lawyers so nothing ever changes.

I hope your wife is feeling better!
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:30 PM
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Why can't the hospital email over her records, sounds like BS to me. You got jerked IMO, take care of your wife then raise hell.
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You have insurance, right?
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my son rolled the car over 3 times without a seat belt a few months ago. We showed up just before the cops and made sure he was ok. No blood, no protruding bones, so my wife calls her sister(Nurse) and she says we should take him in and get him checked out. My wife drives him and they spend about 3 hours there getting x-rayed and a few other checks. Insurance calls a few weeks later to say they are disputing the bill with the Hospital. Allstate covers up to $10k, The bill was 50k. Just to check him out with no visible injuries and no concussion. I will do a thread on this when all info comes back. Poor kid, a hell of a way for a 21 year old to start out financially.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:42 PM
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I'm glad she didnt end up in surgery. It just makes me feel like the doctors were untrained in the female parts. Said her ovaries were twisting and it is only fixed by surgery. When we arrived at winnie palmer, they said they were not twisted and that the hospital probably didnt have anyone qualified to read the result of the sonogram at that time.

Like I said, I'm very glad she didnt need the surgery. It is most always to better be safe than sorry when dealing with something that can be life threatening.

Well on a much lighter side, winnie is an awsome hospital. We had both our kids there....well the second one we actually had in the car about 2 miles away on orange ave. That's a whole other story full of excitement.
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Not really a pic of the wife per say but you get the point
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
not really, the ambulance it self has nothing to do with how fast you get in. what does matter is the condition and severity of the problem.

BINGO... so many times people call us with bs ailments or what not and truly believe since they called 911 they will be seen immediately which is totally false. It's based on severity and other conditions. If you call 911 at 3am because of a toothe ache I'm wheeling your ass straight to triage.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
BINGO... so many times people call us with bs ailments or what not and truly believe since they called 911 they will be seen immediately which is totally false. It's based on severity and other conditions. If you call 911 at 3am because of a toothe ache I'm wheeling your ass straight to triage.
I wasn't referring to being seen in the ER, but being admitted to a room. Guess it really doesn't matter. I had a really bad experience with an ER where a room wasn't available. We were in the ER about 15 hours with a poor outcome.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:06 PM
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Buddy of mine had a heart attack and was airlifted to a hospital 15 miles from our town. After insurance paid there part his part of the bill was over $4000.00 although they did offer to set him up on payments..
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plan on an $1800 bill for the taxi ride
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
I'm glad she didnt end up in surgery. It just makes me feel like the doctors were untrained in the female parts. Said her ovaries were twisting and it is only fixed by surgery. When we arrived at winnie palmer, they said they were not twisted and that the hospital probably didnt have anyone qualified to read the result of the sonogram at that time.

Like I said, I'm very glad she didnt need the surgery. It is most always to better be safe than sorry when dealing with something that can be life threatening.

Well on a much lighter side, winnie is an awsome hospital. We had both our kids there....well the second one we actually had in the car about 2 miles away on orange ave. That's a whole other story full of excitement.
Ambulance would have got her there before the birth.
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