Woman dies because medics assume she couldn't afford ambulance ride


By THOMAS REICH | JUL 28, 2018

Crystle Galloway from Tampa died days after having a C-section. She was 30 years old.

Her 7-year-old daughter called her mother, Nicole Black, and told her something was wrong with Galloway. When Black arrived, Galloway was slumped over in a bathtub and drooling from the mouth. It's likely that she suffered a stroke.

At least medical professionals did everything they could to save this woman, right?

What is this, every other developed nation? 

No, this is America. And in America, we prioritize medical emergencies based on wallet size.

When paramedics arrived, they told Black that they couldn't afford the $600 ambulance ride.

"They didn't take any vitals. They didn't take any blood pressure. They didn't check her temperature," Black said. Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill was able to confirm her claim.

"They never asked us if we had insurance, which we do," Black continued.

The four offending medics have rightfully been suspended.

"I deeply regret that this has happened and clearly this is unacceptable,"  said Merrill.

What if we had Medicare for All? Would this have gone down the same way?

No. The medics wouldn't reject her because they assumed she couldn't afford an ambulance ride. They wouldn't even have to ask. Why? Because it wouldn't cost a cent.

They would've actually done their job and rushed her to the hospital, and maybe, just maybe, she would've had a fighting chance.

Crystle Galloway is yet another casualty of our for-profit healthcare system.



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