Texas Hospital Bills Woman $162

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A woman who never saw a doctor -- even though she
waited 19 hours with an injury to her right leg in Parkland
Memorial Hospital's emergency department has received a bill from
the hospital for $162.
Amber Joy Milbrodt received the bill two weeks after her Sept.
24 visit.
The Dallas Morning News reports she went to the ER when she
fractured a bone in her right leg after playing volleyball.
Parkland officials say the bill was appropriate because a nurse
spent time assessing Milbrodt for triage.
The hospital says one in five patients who check into Parkland's
ER leaves before seeing a doctor. Those who stay long enough to see
a triage nurse must pay.
It's not the first time extended waits at the hospital's ER have
A few days before Milbrodt's visit, a 58-year-old man who
checked in for stomach pains waited 19 hours and then suffered
cardiac arrest.
Hospital officials say they don't have enough beds for all the
patients who need care.
A bond election to build a new 862-bed hospital at a cost of
nearly $1.3 billion is on the Nov. 4 ballot.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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