Results for - Who Should Pay?

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1. My two-year-old niece has been in the hospital since Monday night. My sister originally took her in due to a very high fever and trouble breathing. While running tests on her during the early hours of Tuesday morning, the original hospital determined she was severely anemic and in need of a blood transfusion, so they rushed via ambulance to the children's hospital downtown. Once there, they re-tested her blood and, while her hemoglobin WAS low, it was not as low as the original hospital said. No transfusion was needed. Due to their error, do you think the original hospital should pay the ambulance bill?

Yes
57%
854 votes
No
16%
234 votes
Undecided
27%
412 votes

2. Once settled at the children's hospital, they began to do more blood work to determine what exactly was wrong with my niece. My sister was told that the child had bacteria in her bloodstream, a very rare type of bacteria. They put her on IV antibiotics immediately, and my sister was told that they could not leave the hospital until it was 48 hours with bacteria free blood. By early yesterday, my niece was off the oxygen and her fever had gone down. Today she is finally eating and drinking on her own. However, subsequent blood tests have revealed no bacteria in the blood. None what so ever. Now the hospital is saying they think the original sample was contaminated, as it was a very rare strain of bacteria and none of the other blood tests show it. They are going to take one more test tomorrow am. But given that it seems likely there was never any bacteria in the blood, do you think the child's extended stay (due to having to be 48 hours bacteria free) should be covered by the hospital?

Yes
47%
712 votes
No
18%
264 votes
Undecided
35%
524 votes

3. If you were in my sister's shoes, would you contest some of these charges, or just be glad that your child is healthy again and start paying off the bills when they come?

I'd contest some of the charges, due to errors on the part of the hospital(s).
51%
760 votes
I'd just be so happy she was okay, I'd let it go and start paying the bills.
16%
246 votes
I'm not sure.
33%
494 votes

4. Have you ever had a hospital give you treatments based on an error they made during testing/diagnostics?

Yes
17%
251 votes
No
83%
1,249 votes

5. If so, did you contest the charges for these treatments?

Yes
9%
131 votes
No
13%
188 votes
Not Applicable
79%
1,181 votes

6. If so, did you contest the charges for these treatments?

Yes
9%
131 votes
No
12%
176 votes
Not Applicable
80%
1,193 votes

7. When it comes to hospital errors, which concerns you more - safety issues or unnecessary charges?

Safety issues
40%
599 votes
Unnecessary charges
5%
72 votes
Both are equally concerning
44%
663 votes
Neither are concerning
11%
166 votes

8. Overall, how strongly do you trust hospitals?

Completely
4%
57 votes
Mostly
33%
489 votes
Somewhat
33%
502 votes
A tiny bit
10%
148 votes
Not at all
9%
128 votes
n/a
12%
176 votes
11/20/2016 Health & Fitness 1599 34 By: MamaV1776
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