Consumer Confidential: Should a Man Taken to the ER in an Ambulance Against His Will Have to Pay the Bill?

As George Varghese tells it, he was walking along a sidewalk in West Los Angeles when he tripped on a crack and fell to the ground, spraining his wrist. “An ambulance appeared suddenly,” he recalled. “Three men came out, checked my ID, laid me on a cart, pushed me into the van and took me to the emergency room.” That would seem like a model of paramedic perfection, except for one thing. Varghese, 79, said he didn’t want to go to the...

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