$780 Bill for Late-Showing Ambulance. The Victim Died.

Clichés get to be clichés because they are true. Here is one for you: Call a cop, call an ambulance, call for a pizza and see which one arrives first. It is the basic nature of government. — jtl, 419

Written by Gary North via The Tea Party Economist

It was New Year’s Eve. The Washington D.C. fireforce was sick. Really sick. A  quarter of them called in sick. I mean, you don’t want firemen on the job on New  Year’s Eve if they’re sick.

Gary North speaking at the Mises Institute aft...
Gary North speaking at the Mises Institute after receiving the Institute’s Rothbard Medal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But the firemen also answer emergency calls. One man called in for an  ambulance. His father was short of breath. So, the person on duty called an  ambulance company.

Sure enough, the ambulance showed up. It was a little late. It took 40  minutes. But remember, it was New Year’s Eve. There were a lot of sick people  all over the nation’s Capitol. It was a pandemic.

The man died. He never made it home.

That did not stop the ambulance company from billing his heirs $780. The  ambulance company got him to a hospital. Yes, it was too late. But there was  nothing in the contract about almost DOA.

As you might expect, there has been a PR problem. Over 160,000 people have  signed an online complaint. But that will blow over.

A deal’s a deal.

The D.C. Fire Department is sick about it. Almost as sick as it was on New  Year’s Eve.

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