THE “AMBULANCE RIDE” MEDICARE PAID FOR

I am going to apologize in advance for yet another post dealing with health care costs.  When I started writing this blog I thought I would be leaning more towards a “helpful hints” website.  So far I have been on my soap box and I am afraid this post will deal once again with costs.  You do have my promise that my very next post will include resources to help you.

This being said, I wanted to share something with you.  Now, I live in the state of New York and I would like to know if this is a New York thing or if this happens everywhere.  My Grandmother passed away.  She was 92 so she lived a good long life and she died in her sleep.  My mother got a call from Grandma’s cleaning lady that she had found her in bed and that she was deceased.

Mom has medical experience so she checked for vitals, the body was cool to the touch, Grandma was obviously gone.  Mom called the funeral home to have them send transport and then she finally got through to the doctor to report the death.  The doctor’s office told Mom that in New York since it was an unattended death, she still needed to call emergency services.   And for that, we received a bill for a $600 ambulance ride a couple of months later.  According to a guy I know that is in the limousine business, we could have taken Grandma for a rather luxurious ride for most of the day for that amount of money! Continue reading THE “AMBULANCE RIDE” MEDICARE PAID FOR