If the police never asked if I wanted an ambulance and my friend signed a paper to release me from the ER with a fake name, do I have to pay the bills?

I was intoxicated at a concert and the police called an ambulance without asking me at all. The paramedics picked me up and put me in the ambulance and after only being in the ER for 2 hour with just receiving an IV, one of the nurses told me that i shouldnt even be there so i was clearly fine and conscious, my friend signed the paper to release me from the ER with a fake name. Since I did not sign the consent form and technically no one i was with signed the paper, do i still have to pay the hospital and ambulance bills? Can my friend get in trouble? They never asked for her ID.

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Illinois

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country there is a policy to treat all with medical care when one is in need. In your situation, the intoxicated state that you were in at the concert warranted medical treatment called by a third party.

You received medical treatment for your own benefit. Under the law, you are obligated to pay the fair market value for the services rendered to you even though you were received from the emergency room with a false name.


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