samhill wrote:You all seem to be forgetting that the Gov. is covering the costs of all the uninsurered now. They use the E.R. like a family doctor & who foots the bill "us" not ins. co.s nor the hospitals its all just passed on. If everyone has to pay something it would help.
I don't know about that ....
When I lived in CA I wiped out on my motorcycle & removed most of my left knee .... off to the hospital I go for $1,000 (I'd have been better off walking!), had to pay the cops $100 for showing up (got the bill for that afterward) ..... and with no health insurance, I got a bill for $6,000. Might as well been 6 million, because I didn't have a pot to piss in at the time ... especially with the cost of living there!
So I defaulted, my credit was destroyed .......and 2 years later I ended up paying 80% of it back, just to satisfy the bank that the wife & I were trying to get a mortgage from in MA.
The gov't never gave me a nickel!