Many people have experienced the untimely paper trail and red tape the hospital requires before you can receive treatment. So Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s recent experience visiting an emergency room for an emergency appendectomy both amused and infuriated viewers. Noah told of being asked to sign forms as he was about to pass out, and how the healthcare professional sized up his ability to pay. (In her defense, Noah didn’t seem to know whether he had insurance.)
Noah’s tale brought thousands of similar crazy stories flooding onto social media. Most of the stories pointed out what Noah did — it seems less like an emergency room sometimes than a paper work room. Perhaps the craziest was this post on Facebook by Courtney Weaver after Noah’s rant: “I love Trevor Noah! This sealed the deal for me–- when I got shot I had to wait almost two hours for morphine because they wanted to do a drug test first (because I was faking it duh) and 4 hours to be airlifted and given blood transfusions because both gun violence trauma centers were over-capacity despite my survival rate being less than 5%.” It goes both ways though: “Seriously? ER tried to give my friend morphine for a wrist fracture when all he asked for was ibuprofen!” came a reply.