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  • Carol
    Jul 3, 2002
      Hey Claudine....I remember now watching a show called "trauma, life and
      death in the ER" I don't know if you get it or not....every week they
      spend an hour showing real life situations in the ER. And now I
      remember that they showed the hospital in San Antonio....and YES, they
      do treat anyone who hasn't got medical insurance. They were treating a
      mexican who snuck across the border, only to be hit by a train. I do
      remember them saying that they can't turn anyone down with no insurance
      for any valid medical condition.

      Connie, remember that....knowledge is power. Tell the jerks at the
      hospital that you know your rights and if they refuse to treat
      you....tell them they can talk to your lawyer....and proceed to the
      nearest phone booth and call. I betcha you'd have a free lawyer there
      in ohhh about 15 mins. This could turn into a big lawsuit!


      claudine intexas wrote:

      > --- Constance Dickson <constance_clearwater_florida@...> wrote:
      > > Me too :-). How far is Corpus Christi my Dads brother
      > > lives there?
      > It's a long way from Dallas, but only a couple of hours from San
      > Antonio. And the cost of living is pretty cheap in SA, and a fairly
      > good public health system. Also, a large teaching hospital with one
      > of the top ER's in the country. I don't live in SA, just south of
      > there and in a different county (you need to live in Bexar county to
      > get those medical benefits) but you could stay with me until you get
      > settled. And, in an emergency, they still can't turn you away, no
      > matter where you live. Also, I think to qualify for Medicaid here the
      > income level is about 1600 per month - at least that is what they
      > told my grandmother who is on medicare. I don't know if her age
      > changes the income qualification, or if they were only talking about
      > qualifying for Medicaid-paid nursing home care. And you can't have
      > more than $2000.00 cash or a vehicle worth more than (I think)
      > $4000.00. You really DO need to go somewhere else where you can get
      > the health care you need. Try not to let your kids upset you too
      > much. It is their age - they can't see much beyond themselves. They
      > ARE old enough to be on their own though, so if they are living with
      > you and aren't pitching in and helping it may be time to urge them
      > out of the nest. In the mean time, I think you need to go back to the
      > ER and demand proper treatment. Most all hospital receive some
      > Federal money, meaning they MUST except emergencies including from
      > those who can't pay. Not to mention the ethics involved. Peritonitis
      > is a medical emergency. Maybe a call to a local TV station informing
      > them that emergencies are being turned away and sent home would help?
      > Good luck - and I do have a spare room since my step-son moved out!
      > Claudine
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