Commuters in Boston physically moved a train to rescue a trapped woman

Injured woman begs people not to call ambulance because she can’t afford it

Injured woman begs people not to call ambulance because she can’t afford it

Apparently inspired by a viral story about a similar rescue in Australia, a group of them banded together to push the train away from the platform to help get her leg unstuck, then cared for her until help arrived. They also assured the woman that nothing would happen to her if she couldn't pay for the ambulance call.

Polanco said the woman was clearly in a lot of pain, but she didn't want anyone to call an ambulance because she said she couldn't afford it. But there was something the woman was more anxious about than her injuries: the ambulance.

A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate.

The 45-year-old was walking off the Orange Line train at Massachusetts Avenue around 5.30pm on Friday when she lost her footing and plunged down the gap, giving her a deep cut that went right down to the bone. "'I can't afford that'".

Ms Cramer wrote that many readers had suggested the woman should have called an Uber instead of an ambulance to transport her to hospital in a bid to slash her expenses - a practice that's growing in popularity in the United States, where average ambulance fees can range from $300 to almost $3000.

According to a police report, the woman suffered a "serious laceration, exposing the bone" on her left thigh.

Healthcare costs vary widely and with the details of the woman's condition unavailable, it's hard to say how much transporting her and treating her injury would cost. "Everyone just kept saying don't worry about that, you need medical help". While it's unclear what her medical bills will total, the New York Times editorial board sees a clear problem. The woman was taken to Boston Medical Center.

A Globe reporter who witnessed the aftermath at the platform tweeted about how scared the woman was with a poor insurance highlighting that the cost of medical treatment could prevent someone from seeking urgent care.

Cramer later reported an ambulance ride for a person with her injuries costs about $1,200.

The incident has since gone viral, for reasons that tell two different stories about America in 2018.

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