Skip to comments.Free taxis with Medicaid (ObamaCare blood-boiling government waste preview alert)
Posted on 01/08/2010 5:11:59 AM PST by Zakeet
For three years now, a woman has left her home in Poughkeepsie, New York, five days a week and taken a taxi to visit her child at St. Margarets Center, a nursing home for disabled children in Albany, New York. Each night, she rides home by taxi.
That costs $300 a day.
What dedication by taxpayers.
That is right. Taxpayers have shelled out $196,000 over the past three years so that she can make this Poughkeepsie-Albany commute each day. Incredibly, state health officials defended this daily abuse of taxpayers. Could not the woman move to Albany?
It would have been cheaper to buy her a Cadillac Escapade and have her drive herself.
But under Medicaids incomprehensibly illogical rules, taxpayers had to give this woman a whopping $65,000 subsidy.
We underpay doctors by 20% or more. But one likely two cab drivers have a gravy train going there.
For New York state, the bill comes to $98,000 with federal taxpayers shelling out another $98,000.
Oh and this happens all over the place. Ambulances in Southern West Virginia became taxis as they shuttled people off to the drug store and the like and then billed Medicaid.
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It DOES happen all over. A doctor friend of mine complains bitterly about Medicaid patients getting free cab rides while he gets paid SQUAT by Medicaid for providing health services to our growing population of indigents.
Thank you, Dr. Freud!
My daughter was an EMT and she said the welfare class treated the ambulance as a taxi and expected to be shuttled around to the hospital in it (even for visiting another patient)! They would become outraged if told they had to take a taxi, even though they were fully reimbursed for it, unlike the average working stiff, who had to pay for his own subway or bus ride.
You got that right.
A Mexican guy that used to work where I worked before I got laid off, got sick with Lord knows what and had a hospital stay and lots of doctor visits. Being Mexican they have “advocates” who help them milk the system. He told me if you don’t have a ride to the doctor’s office they will send a car to drive you. Oh and by the way, he chose not to buy the insurance our employer offered and paid for in part. So when he went to the hospital and all the doctor visits he didn’t pay one damn dime. Now I can guarantee that if it had been me I wouldn’t have had all those favors. I know because the one time I went to apply for food stamps because I was making $250 a week, husband was out of work and I had two kids, the lady might as well have said ‘you’re white so you might as well forget it’.
Trailways bus would have delivered there also at a cheaper price.
“Entitlements”, don’cha know.
What is this women’s name? It needs to be publicized, not so much to embarrass her but to give this issue a human face.
I have heard EXACTLY the same story from a friend in SC who went to apply for food stamps and was denied. So, she fed her kids beans and rice until the job situation improved, while the ‘entitled class’ presumably ate pork rinds and cheese doodles on the taxpayers’ dime.
Cab rides? I WISH they called a cab. They call a frickin AMBULANCE to drag them abound. In Atlanta the EMS system has a problem with people calling for ambulance to take them to Grady Memorial, then once they get there they leave AMA and go clubbing.
All this is absolutely true. Years and years ago I was standing outside of Montefiore hospital in the north Bronx. I saw swarms of what were essentially minivans circling and circling the city blocks that made up the hospital.
I asked a doctor who worked there what they were and he said “Ambulettes”. They are essentially mini-vans dressed up to look like ambulances and they circle the hospital for the fares (taxpayer paid) that would be $15 cab rides but instead are $100-$200 “ambulette” rides.
This has been going on for a VERY long time.
Indiana gives medicaid moms walmart gift cards as a bribe to have their children vaccinated.
I’ll add a story to that- I gave a black co-worker a ride to and from work for weeks because of her sob story about her broken down car. One day she asked to stop at the grocery store because she had gone to social services and got food stamps. They issued her $90 on the spot. So she had bags full of name brand snacks etc. Just burned me up. After that I told her sorry, I couldn’t give her a ride any more.
Don't be late or you'll face a litany of complaints about how tough life is and don't be early or you'll listen to how tough it is to get up so early (10:00 A.M.)
Three clinics in a small city (a town really) serving about 3,000 junkies This number does not include low income folks who also get subsidized rides (and apartment, utilities and food stamps), some to and from the grocery store, some for hospital visits or the elderly who get the same.
These subsidized rides are enough to keep four or five small taxi fleets going.
Thanks for putting some gold in my Golden Years, Uncle Stupid!
My wife and I refer to those sad sacks as ‘professional victims.’ The really tragic part of the story is that they’ve taken over the federal gummint. At least for now.
LOL! Love your tagline!
That reminds me of one of my former co-workers, who was also a neighbor. She approached me with a sob story about how she couldn’t drive because she couldn’t afford car repairs, so I agreed to ferry her back and forth to work. Well, eventually it turned out that the sob story was BS and the real problem was she lost her license due to a hit-and-run. She didn’t ride with me any more.
That sounds like a bad plan. "Yes I know little Timmy here is autistic, and I swear we haven't already been in to get him vaccinated 23 times this year, but I really really need some Pringles"
Wonder if she called her taxi with an obama phone? They’re free now too to certain people.
FYI - as a former Ambullette and Ambulance driver, an abmbulette is used to transport patients to and from clinics, especially patients in wheelchairs.
They aren’t dressed up to look like ambulances, they are ambulettes and are licensed and say “Ambulette” on them.
The other day I had to sit around in a hospital for a while waiting for someone. This gang-banger was there with his baby-mama and baby. He sure looked physically fit.
Some time later I saw him in a wheel chair saying he was all alone and couldn’t go home until they provided him transportation.
Everybody else gets a friend to go and sit around for hours to provide transportation. Not this guy. He apparently wanted he cab ride although he looked fit enough to run ten miles if the police were after him.
Part of me would like to stand 20 feet away from a guy like that and call him vile names. 10-to-1 he’d jump out of the wheelchair and try to stomp me.
The city I live in has one hospital. Going to the ER is every bit as much a third-world experience as shopping at WalMart. My 91-yr old mother-in-law can’t find a handicapped parking place (she’s a heart patient) because every morbidly obese person in our city has a handicapped tag. If they’d walk a block every now and then it might help. My brother-in-law and his wife are morbidly obese too, but at least they have enough spine to not call themselves ‘handicapped.’
This is why we have open carry laws.
I drove an ambulance almost 40 years ago. Same thing then, except in those days the taxi wouldn’t be paid for by welfare but the ambulance was. Consequently, we had nearly a hundred regulars who called an ambulance for transport to a medical facility. Most of them didn’t even need a stretcher, we were nothing more than a cab would have been.
I’m sure all you say is true and I’m sure you did your job the very best way you know how. I’m just pointing out that in the north bronx this was how the medicaid payment option was abused. Most of those folks could have gotten to the clinic by means of a $15 cab ride but instead took a govt. paid $200 ambulette ride. And of course the 100’s of ambulettes circling the hospital waiting on fares, was a predictable consequence of the bad policy.