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MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
8/2/13 8:10 A

Thank you so much for the information, this is the first time ever happen to me, I was always try to put my self in others shoe, and in this matter, I just can't see any sense of it, always first time for everything, I now see it all !

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8/2/13 7:37 A

I see your point, but that is what was sent, so as the others said, try not to stress about it.
I had a fire truck come get me when a golf cart would have sufficed.

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8/1/13 9:40 P

To be honest, almost any fleet has extras sitting around. They have to. Unless there is a *major* emergency, of the sort that needs the entire fleet. Think major interstate multiple car crash, or earthquake, or hurricane. Something like that. I can guarantee you there is not only one, single ambulance available. At any given time, there are plenty of ambulances idle.

In fact, these ambulance drivers might even be moonlighting. It's actually good, because non-emergencies are higher profit for the ambulance company.

I wouldn't stress. If they had an emergency, someone will be there; I doubt that you were in the only available ambulance. :)

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,300
8/1/13 1:06 P

It's entirely possible that the only vehicle they had available was an ambulance. It's possible depending on whatever your medical issues are, they felt an ambulance was appropriate even if you did not. It's possible it was something else entirely. Whatever. Yes it's a waste but if that's what was available *that your insurance would pay for*, that's what it was. Your only other choice is to pay for the transportation out of your own pocket.

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
8/1/13 1:04 P

Not all ambulances are for emergencies. There are companies that buy ambulances to use exactly the way this one did-- they take people to the doctor for routine medical things if they can't drive themselves. Usually they're transporting from nursing homes, rehab centers, and such, and most of their patients are sick enough that it's a good idea to use an ambulance just in case they need oxygen on the way, or can't sit up the whole time. And since the company already owns the ambulances, it's not any more expensive for them to send it for you. Otherwise they would have to buy an ambulance for the customers who are sick, PLUS a van with a lift for people who are healthy but use wheelchairs, PLUS a regular car or van for people like you who don't need anything special. As long as they have customers who need the ambulance, it's probably cheaper to use that for everyone than to buy and maintain separate cars for healthier people.

MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
8/1/13 12:05 P

I had schedule an appointment for doctor's visit on Monday, since my insurance benefit give me 12 round trip a year on transportation, I've been use it.

Well, Monday, I was waiting for the ride, an ambulance show up to take me, they had to strap me up, than take me, I was so mad that how they wasted money & time for this, what if some one really need an ambulance, and because they were transport me, and the poor soul who need it, and can't get it?

I appreciated very much of the service, the driver was very nice on each trip to and from, I just can't get over the waste, I ask the driver, they told me the company don't care, just a trip.

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