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On my birthday I became intoxicated and got really sick. A friend called 9-11 and the ambulance came and picked me up. Later, when I woke in the hospital I was very worried since I do not have health insurance. I’m a preschool teacher and don’t make much money. I have been unable to pay this 1,700 dollar bill. I’ve recieved a summons in the mail that the hospital has now filed a lawsuit against me! How can they expect me to pay for something that I was not aware of and in fact never wanted? Nothing was wrong with the night of the incident I was just drunk. I never agreed to this.
Asked on May 28, 2009 under Malpractice Law, Washington
N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 12 years ago | Contributor
The ambulance did in fact pick you up and take you to the hospital, whether you wanted it or not. They did their duty to take you to the hospital if they deemed it necessary to get you the treatment you needed.
Did you discuss your lack of health insurance with the hospital administration? Usually, they will accept a payment plan or see if the state can help pay with some or all of the costs.
Try to work something out before going to court.
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