heart

Heart Attack Victim Hounded for $5 Health Insurance Co-Pay While Laying on Gurney

Sunday, September 14, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: health insurance, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) A New York woman who had suffered a heart attack and was being transported to an ambulance on a gurney was stopped by a receptionist who demanded that she pay her $5 co-pay before heading out the door.

"You can't even get a book of stamps for that price. I was outraged," said 76-year-old Barbara Antonelli. "It was the most heartless, unthinkable thing to do. They were putting money on top of a person's life."

On Jan. 14, Antonelli visited her doctor at the Staten Island Physician Practice (SIPP) for a checkup, because she had suffered from chest pains the day before and wanted to find out if she was all right. After performing tests, Dr. Jonathan Okum informed her that she had suffered a heart attack. He called an ambulance so that she could be taken to the hospital for more tests. Antonelli was placed on a gurney, with breathing tubes in her nose and wheeled out of the office.

When a receptionist came running up to her, Antonelli said she assumed she had left something behind. Instead, the receptionist asked her for her $5 co-pay, and would not let the gurney leave until Antonelli had paid.

"This was an emergency," Antonelli said, "and they asked for a lousy $5. They could have billed me. I never thought they would have the audacity to ask."

SIPP Associate Medical Director Dr. Jack D'Angelo said that the "ugly" incident was the result of a mistake by an employee and not of SIPP policy.

"This is not an issue of policy, it was an issue of poor judgment by the receptionist," he said. "We will take the appropriate steps to assist this employee and the remainder of our staff to learn from this event and assure that all of our patients are treated like we would like our parents to be treated."

Antonelli said she would not be switching doctors, since Okum was not involved in the incident and knew nothing about it.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.