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Get Injured By Criminal, You Are Liable for the Medical Bills

July 14, 2009 | Healthcare | My Ramblings | No Comments

Recently I was watching a “Who Done it” on NBC’s Dateline.  The show was about 2 hikers who befriended a stranger.  After a night of socializing with the stranger, for no reason the stranger tried to kill the hikers.  Fortunately, the hikers managed to escape but with very serious life threatening injuries. The injured men ended up spending a few days in the hospital after surgery and both had bullets permanently left in their bodies.

Here’s the kicker, both hikers had no medical insurance and as a result were now liable for tens of thousands of dollars.  One hiker owed almost $80,000 in medical bills.  I thought that was so unfair.  These gentlemen were almost killed and as a result now had medical bills that may bankrupt them.  

The shooter if he had lived (he died after a police pursuit where his car crashed and he died of his injuries), wouldn’t have to pay anything and would have been provided free shelter, food, medical care, and clothing (although in prison).  The 2 hikers now were stuck with huge medical bills and also I’m certain will require medical care for their injuries for the rest of their lives.

This is another example of how screwed up our healthcare system is.  If you get injured as a result of a crime or even an accident through no fault of your own, you will be liable for the medical bills, especially if the other party that caused the injury have no insurance or money to pay you.





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