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    Ambulances jack up fees for obese Americans

    TOPEKA, Kan.–The memory still bothers Ken Keller. A panicked ambulance crew had a critically ill man but he weighed more than 1,000 pounds and could not fit inside the vehicle. And the stretcher wasn't sturdy enough to hold him.

    The crew offered an idea to Keller, an investigator with the Kansas Emergency Medical Services. Could they use a forklift to load the man – bed and all – onto a flatbed truck? Keller agreed: There was no other choice.

    "I'm sure it was terribly embarrassing to be in his own bed, riding on the back of a flatbed with straps tying him down, and then have a forklift at the hospital unload him," Keller said.

    Amid the U.S. obesity crisis, ambulance crews are trying to improve how they transport extremely heavy patients, who become significantly more difficult to move as they surpass 350 pounds.

    Because they require costly equipment and extra workers, some ambulance companies have started charging higher fees.

    The companies argue it's time for U.S. insurance providers or patients themselves to begin paying the added costs, which are cutting into their thin profit margins.

    Transporting extremely heavy people costs about 2 1/2 times more than normal. It takes more time to move them and requires three to four times more crew members, who often must use expensive specialty equipment.

    In Kansas, Keller successfully petitioned the Shawnee County Commission to raise ambulance fees from $629 (U.S.) to $1,172 for people who are 500 pounds or heavier.

    In the Nebraska cities of Omaha and Lincoln, the fees are $1,421 for an extremely obese patient, compared with $758 normally.

    About 5 per cent of the U.S. population is morbidly obese, or more than 100 pounds overweight.

    Some critics say the higher fees are a form of discrimination.

    "Ambulance services are a critical public service and should accommodate the needs of all of those who require them at a fair cost," said the Obesity Action Coalition.

    Associated Press

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    pays to be skinny

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    Watch wha gon happen nexx...Airlines will jack up fees on violently obese people as well.
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    It's not dead however...It's just SCARED TO MOVE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spranga View Post

    pays to be skinny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Strum View Post
    Watch wha gon happen nexx...Airlines will jack up fees on violently obese people as well.
    don't they already have to pay for 2 seats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Strum View Post
    Watch wha gon happen nexx...Airlines will jack up fees on violently obese people as well.
    they should cause they putting my life at risk too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nica View Post
    don't they already have to pay for 2 seats?
    I dont think they do, but I not sure.
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    Obesity Action Coalition? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toppa_Toppa View Post
    Obesity Action Coalition? lol
    I think them have something so...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nica View Post
    don't they already have to pay for 2 seats?
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Strum View Post
    I dont think they do, but I not sure.
    I think there are unwritten rules someplace..
    Ive heard/read stories of agents making or insisting some obese people buy 2 seats. Its really not fair to the little person that has to sit next to them.

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    The big question remains though, how somebody allow themselves to go past 400lbs much less 500lbs? Tarl!

    I'm no slim thing myself but anything over 350lbs real ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spranga View Post

    pays to be skinny
    actually it PAYS to be FAT...

    i agree oui..my clients r not fat and jah know it hard fo move them..imgaine ah large persone like that, those ppl could hurt themselves...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islandtyme View Post
    The big question remains though, how somebody allow themselves to go past 400lbs much less 500lbs? Tarl!

    I'm no slim thing myself but anything over 350lbs real ridiculous.
    Not sure about this. but i would guess that the majority of ppl that obese, its the result of some medical problem...I mean not exercising and being a glutton alone don't get you all the way up to 350.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BacchanalDiva View Post
    Not sure about this. but i would guess that the majority of ppl that obese, its the result of some medical problem...I mean not exercising and being a glutton alone don't get you all the way up to 350.
    Maybe you're right. It has to be!

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    usually genetics..real talk...and yes medical..Thyroid malfunction etc... but nonactivity CAN make a huge impact
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