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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At the Hospitals: Feb. 14, 2016
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At the Hospitals: Feb. 14, 2016

Claremont Woman Honored At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Gloria LaClair, of Claremont, has been named employee of the month for January at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. LaClair works as a cook in the hospital’s nutrition services. She was honored for her willingness to help when needed, positive attitude and strong work ethic, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center said in a news release. “Gloria is a joy to work with...

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Streaming TV Costs a Lot Less Than Cable, but Choosing a Service Has Proven Frustrating
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Streaming TV Costs a Lot Less Than Cable, but Choosing a Service Has Proven Frustrating

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV. The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely watched. So Hartstein and his wife recently ditched their standard cable TV subscription and instead signed up for Sling TV, Netflix and a few other streaming services. Their monthly bill was cut in...

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FCC: Internet Is Faster, as Providers Promised

Washington — Internet providers are keeping promises made in advertising about faster download speeds, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission. Most of the time, consumers are streaming TV shows and surfing the Web at speeds they are paying for. Sometimes it’s even faster depending on the time of day or the geographic location of the home. On the downside, there is an increasing gap between those with access...

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APD Says D-H Affiliation Best Fit

Concord — Officials at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital began exploring an affiliation with the large medical system operated by its neighbor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, after concluding that the community hospital in Lebanon could not survive if it lost a Medicare subsidy for small rural hospitals and deciding not to explore a sale to a national, for-profit chain. Those are among the details of the pending deal that were laid out in a...

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