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Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf

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Seventeen-year-old John Clark of Vancouver, Wash., knew what to do when he saw a boy struggling to stay afloat in the surf off the Oregon coast.

The trained pool lifeguard jumped through the breakers and heavy swells to reach the boy in the ocean, reports KOIN-TV. Clark then calmed the boy and kept him afloat until watercraft arrived to take them to shore.

"I don't know exactly how big the swells were," Clark told the TV station, "but they were big enough to push both of us underwater—all the way down to where we were touching sand."

An ambulance came and took the 12-year-old boy, wrapped in a towel, and Clark—who complained of a headache—to the hospital.

Clark thought it was standard procedure until a few weeks later when he was shocked at the bill from the hospital.

The emergency room bill came to $449. The physician's bill was $227. The 15-mile ride in the ambulance was $1,907. The total bill for saving a young man's life was nearly $2,600.

"I had a feeling there would be a bill," Clark told the news station. "But I didn't know how much it would be, and I kind of feel bad for the fact that it's so expensive. But I couldn't just let the kid go—I had to do something."

He and his family are making arrangements to pay the bill.


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Why would they bill the lifeguard and not the boy's parents?


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He received medical treatment and an ambulance ride for a headache.


He deserves the bill.


PuntBamaPunt
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
No good deed goes unpunished.


SaintEB
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
I would hope he would have some type of health insurance in that line of work. I guess its not the point, but that would take some of the shock away.


tylercsbn9
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
wtf...why is the life guard paying?


ashank3
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
I hate America


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wtf...why is the life guard paying?



Chad504boy
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
workers compensation?


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Rickety Cricket
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Misleading title, the guy went in an ambulance to the hospital, you can't expect to not pay for it.


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wtf...why is the life guard paying?



He wasn't on the job. He is from Washington. This happened in Oregon.

He is a pool lifeguard. This was in the surf.


The hospital billed him for services rendered. If you don't like it, or feel he should not have to pay, then you pay the bill for him.


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The Sad Banana
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
Why did he go to the emergency room for a headache? frick that shit, I'll just take my good deed home with me and take an Advil.


Darth_Vader
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
$127.14 per mile to ride in a glorified van. If the politicians want to "reform" health care, they need to know this type of stuff is the real problem.


tylercsbn9
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
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Misleading title, the guy went in an ambulance to the hospital, you can't expect to not pay for it.



Well the life guard company should have some sort of policy for this with the line of work they are in. The life guard's company should be paying for that.

Regardless the cost for the ambulance is absurd. But that's what we get with all the freeloaders in this country.
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
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Misleading title, the guy went in an ambulance to the hospital, you can't expect to not pay for it.



Missed that. If he rode in an ambulance and received treatment at the hospital, then he should be charged for the services. It seems someone in that line of work should have health coverage through their employer though.


Ho0k3d0nFoNiCs
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
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wtf...why is the life guard paying?


because he rode to the hospital in the amberlamps to get treated for a headache...


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Ignignot
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
Seems just like a billing error.....This story isn't newsworthy IMO


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It seems someone in that line of work should have health coverage through their employer though.



He wasn't on the job. Probably didn't even work in Oregon.



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Nm
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Rickety Cricket
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
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Well the life guard company should have some sort of policy for this with the line of work they are in. The life guard's company should be paying for that.

I gather that the kid was just a "trained" lifeguard and not on duty or working at the beach.


Ho0k3d0nFoNiCs
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re: Lifeguard gets $2,600 bill after rescuing boy from surf
trained pool life guard, not beach....I assume they have different training...



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