I thought this would be about helping one’s parents get off over-prescribed drugs, too. The topic merits coverage. A related topic is the medical kidnapping of the elderly. It’s as devastating to victims and families as the child version, but more rapidly lethal because the immediate victims, those kidnapped, are frail. City paramedics (EMTs), summoned by a third party for various misguided reasons, arrive in groups of 4 to 8 burly individuals and will not leave, citing threats of legal consequences to those opposing transport. They summon the private ambulance company that contracts with the city to perform transportation after EMTs determine it is necessary. Private ambulance companies bill Medicare for sums like $2000. No medical care is provided en route. A call-out costs the private company two hourly wages for all of two hours, gasoline, and overhead. The private company actually pays the city for the right to answer these calls. They earn the fee back, plus profit, by performing as many transports as they can. There lies a motive for unwanted, unnecessary transport. Such a juicy racket could not continue without the participation of the city paramedics/EMTs. (For all the lionizing of “first responders” they as a group are troubled by, among other things, high divorce rates. Divorce is expensive.) Almost certainly there are kickbacks to the government EMTs. Every premature death of an elderly person is years’ worth of Medicare expenses that won’t be incurred and social security checks that won’t be issued. And, in some states, we cannot sue the city for unwarranted transport requests to private ambulance companies that result in harmful outcomes to the transported. It’s a win/lose from the gate.