Woman never saw doctor after 19 hours in Dallas ER

Dallas Morning News, October 21, 2008

Amber Joy Milbrodt checked into Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency department on a Wednesday night, complaining of a fractured bone in her right leg. She spent all night and the next day waiting to see a doctor before giving up and leaving. Two weeks after her visit, she received a bill from Parkland for $162. Now Parkland officials, already on the defensive about wait times after a man died in the ER following a 19-hour wait in September, say the charge was appropriate because a nurse spent time assessing Milbrodt for triage.


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