Man and squirrel fight it out in man’s driveway. Squirrel scratches him twice, man runs inside grabs BB gun and plugs squirrel ala Elmer J Fudd. Man then calls health department for advice about what to do. Health department tells him to go to ED for rabies shots. After waiting for 2 hours the following day in the ED, the patient is told that squirrels don’t carry rabies in the United States and he doesn’t need the rabies shots. Later he is billed $692 for the emergency department visit and doesn’t want to pay the $382 deductible.
The patient stated that “the health department and the hospital should get together and straighten it out.”
Should a hospital and physician be responsible for getting payment from third parties when patients don’t like the medical advice they have received? Isn’t that kind of like someone in a restaurant telling the owner to get payment from the noodle maker because the patron didn’t like the spaghetti?