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.
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
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.
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