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Item:&#160 Last week, our beloved (?) county hospital, a ragtag Mickey-Mouse outfit known as Parkland Memorial, charged a young lady nursing a broken leg $162 dollars for an emergency room visit.

What did that $162 get her?&#160 About five minutes’ worth of triage.

Oh, and about 19 hours of waiting in emergency room chairs.

Amber Joy Milbrodt limped into Parkland Memorial Hospital’s emergency department at 10 on a Wednesday night, complaining of a fractured bone in her right leg.

She checked in and sat down, wincing with pain as she propped her leg on a chair. She spent all night and the next day in that position, waiting to see a doctor. Finally, she gave up and hobbled out in disgust.

Two weeks after her Sept. 24 visit, she received a bill from Parkland for $162.

“It should have been more like them paying me for having to sit in the emergency room for 19 hours,” she says. “That’s just sad. It’s not proper. It’s almost not moral, what I went through.”

Gee, I wish I could charge that much for some of the PC triage I&#160 do.

Now, Denizens, this came on the heels of another patient waiting another 19 hours for treatment.&#160 Unfortunately, his&#160 condition was a little more serious:

A few days before Ms. Milbrodt’s visit, a 58-year-old man who checked in for stomach pains waited 19 hours and then suffered cardiac arrest. Former restaurateur Mike Herrera died Sept. 20 as his family members looked on.

Who says we don’t have socialized medicine?

Item:&#160 Yesterday, the greedy-assed kind folks at Parkland changed their minds about dunning the poor girl.

“I wanted to make you aware that today, Parkland’s senior leadership eliminated the charge assessed to patients who are triaged in the Emergency Department and leave without being seen by a physician,” said the letter from a Parkland vice president. “Patients will now be charged a fee only after they receive treatment.”

Mighty fucking white&#160 of ’em, huh?

Now, it’s by sheer force of coincidence that bonds for a new Parkland Hospital are going up for a vote in November.

Heh.&#160 Or is it?

The letter also said Ms. Milbrodt’s debt had been canceled, adding, “We regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.”

Had they said that to me, I’d have sued, anyway.&#160 And so should Ms. Milbrodt.

Perhaps then they’d realize the folly of apologizing for the inconveninence&#160 rather than FOR THE FUCKIN’ IGNORANT ACT THAT CAUSED THE INCONVENIENCE IN THE FIRST FUCKIN’ PLACE!!!!!!!


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One response to “Yeah, we have socialized medicine in Dallas – why do you ask?”

  1. David Hartung says:

    Darth ol buddy,

    While I understand your outrage, in this case, perhaps it is misplaced. From what the article says, the hospital in question is badly over crowded. Being a public hospital, the emergency room is likely the primary care facility for local folks who have no insurance, and no money to pay a doctor. In places such as this, the experience of chronicled in the article is probably common.

    Unfortunately, our left wing brethren would solve the problem by making Health care a tax payer funded entitlement. Instead o a few people waiting as long as Ms Milbrodt did, we would all wait.

    Remember this when President Obama tell you how much he cares about the average man.

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