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Do I have to pay ambulance fees if someone else called 911 even though I was fine?

Asked by user in California.

I was drugged by someone who then called 911 and said I overdosed, but I was fine and refused medical services. I wanted to avoid being robbed by the same girl who drugged me and called 911. Not only was I the victim, but was completely fine and didn’t require medical services. When the girl realized I was refusing the aid, she stole from me right in front of the first responders. But they wouldn't listen to me.

Answered by Enjuris Editors
California passed a law in 2017 that protects a consumer from a “surprise” medical bill from an out-of-network ambulance transport under certain circumstances. A patient also has the right to refuse an ambulance ride if they’re competent to do so.

If emergency responders arrived on the scene and provided you medical services, you are likely responsible for those costs. You can check with your insurance company to see what’s covered under your policy.

With respect to your concerns about the possibility of having been drugged, that would be a criminal act and should be handled by law enforcement. The first step would be to have an immediate medical exam with testing to determine if there’s detectable drugs in your body. You’d need to prove the presence of drugs in order to show that a crime took place. If so, you should contact your local law enforcement department to pursue legal action as the victim of a crime.

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