While not true that an ambulance service would leave someone behind who didn't have health insurance, I have heard that not having an insurance card in your wallet could determine which hospital you are taken. I can't think of it now, but there is a term for the process of checking a patients wallet for an insurance card. "Cold search" or some such term. Let's be honest though- while you won't get turned down for care- those with good insurance will surely get the better care, all around.
If you go back and check, I edited my post that I acted like a proud bragger within, wrote Mike a formal apology, and will admit here and now, that I am the BIGGEST FRICKIN' IDIOT ON THE PLANET.
I am so disappointed in myself, that since I found out after talking to the operations manager this morning, at the Company I eluded to doing business with yesterday, I found out that I was honestly DEAD WRONG. Your post is just the courage I needed.
Don't get me wrong, the matter is absolute urban legend, but honestly, I can't stand to knowingly mislead people so here is the TRUTH, and not my previously expressed premature IGNORANCE which was due to confusing another billing aspect of this Ambulance company with whom I talk to daily. I should have known better than to speak up when uncertain, even though last night, I did believe I was certain. I HATE my impulsiveness as it's so subjective and annoying to even me!
This particular EMT service BILLS THE PATIENT DIRECTLY. If the patient does not have insurance, they are referred to technically as "private pay". HOWEVER, there has NEVER been a time within the history of EMT operations wherein the driver arbitrarily decides whether to transport the patient or not. That much is total BS. That's all I am going to state here. I SO DEEPLY APOLOGIZE to EVERYONE. I did not mean to deceive you, but there you have it.
I'm pretty F'ed in head, but I've done OK for an honest loser, lol!