What if Amber used a teaching hospital or university hospital - would it be cheaper or free - ?
Even the university-affiliated hospital in my area wants you to pay *something*. But they can and do get patients treated after going through their financial aid request, via federal subsidies. But, since Big Al has claimed to make a lot of money (and probably does), when they look at her documentation - if she isn't too fucking lazy to put together the paperwork - they would want her to front cash for some portion of the cost for what the expected treatment/procedures would be.
It’s important to remember that AL is an anomaly in that she has done everything possible to avoid having medical insurance or maintain the possibility of getting it in the future. I’m struggling to come up with a good metaphor for her behavior, but it’s bizarre.
Big Al gets a ticket every night for parking on the street between two signs that say "no parking by hydrant". People suggest, repeatedly, that she just go to the parking garage right past that no parking zone and pay for parking there instead of having to pay out all the time for those tickets (and all the shit she's bought). She smugly, and repeatedly, tells people that she could do bolth, pay for her tickets and crap she's bought AND pay for garage parking. But she keeps parking there on the street, and keeps getting tickets. Then one day, the fire department has to break the windows in her car to hook up to the hydrant to battle a fire across the street. Water everywhere inside, windows broken - tsk, the car's a wreck. Guess she should have listened to people and just paid for parking in the garage after all.