4 December, 1988
Dir I & R FSO
c/o Box 96
Clearwater, FL 34617
Dir Disbursements, FSO
FP Committee, FSO
Senior Chaplain, FSO
Qual Sec, FSO
OSA PR, FLAG
LRH Comm, FSO
Flag Data Files
On October 27, 1988, I routed out of the SO at FSO, after having been fitness boarded due to an extended illness.
While still in the SO, I had been hospitalized on two occasions as a
result of this illness. These hospitalizations occurred in June and
July, 1988. I had also seen a few doctors prior to being hospitalized.
Following the last hospitalization in July, it was necessary for me to
see a heart specialist at his clinic (one time) and I also went to
Morton Plant emergency room one time. As near as I could estimate,
medical bills, including three weeks' hospital, total approximately
Each and every hospital and clinic expense was authorized by the MLO, via my C/S. Purchasing liability of staff would not apply.
Following my hospitalization, and while still in the SO, I
personally received several calls from medical facilities, inquiring
about my outstanding bills. At the advice of the MLO, I referred these
calls to Dept 8.
One doctor's office called me twice prior to my leaving the SO. On
the first occasion, I asked that this office (Dr. J. Ruiz, 3001
Eastland Bl, Clearwater, FL (813) 797-7566) resubmit their bill to me
and that I would ensure that the billing would be received by the
proper terminals. Upon receipt of the resubmitted bill, I had the MLO
hand deliver it to Dept 8. Nevertheless, the doctor's office called me
again several weeks later and told me that they had still not been paid
and that Dept 8 was still denying receipt of their bill. To make a long
story short, this office has sent five
copies of their bill to the FSO and the receipt of this bill is still being denied, according to Marjorie at Dr. Ruiz' office.
Last week I had to make an appointment to see a dentist. As I have a
particular heart condition which makes it necessary for me to take
antibiotics prior to getting dental treatment, I had to call Dr. Ruiz'
office for a prescription. I again spoke with Marjorie and she informed
me that their bill has still not been paid. She told me that she has
been getting very bad treatment when she calls about the bill. She told
me that one of the people she has spoken with is a woman by the name of
Williams or Williamson. Marjorie told me that this person was very rude
with her and at one point in an agitated tone of voice asked Marjorie
how she expected the Church to pay her bill when the Church was still
working on bills from March and April. This was gross out PR and it ARC
broke Marjorie, especially since she had apparently not been given an
R-Factor on how and when her bill would be paid.
After this call with Marjorie, I called Dept 8 myself, and spoke
with Paul Johnson. He told me that he has recently come back into the
area, and I believe that he told me that he has been on mission. I
spoke with Paul briefly about the problem, as above.
To my astonishment, Paul told me that about two weeks ago, the FP
Committee elected to take all my medical bills off the Bills Summary,
after deciding that since I am no longer in the SO, I should be made
responsible for the payment of these bills.
I borrowed a small amount of money when I routed out to cover my
living expenses during my recuperation. Due to my current scene it is
completely unreal to expect that I be made responsible for the payment
of these bills. But regardless of my physical sit, the action taken by
the FP Committee is off-policy. The SO is
responsible for medical expenses incurred by SO members.
At one point several weeks before I routed out, it was necessary for me
to see a heart specialist. At that time the MLO informed me that the
Church would not allocate or otherwise authorize any more money for my
medical bills, as I was being FBed. Of course, I did not submit any
more bills for payment, but at no time was I ever told or given any
impression that the Church was not going to honor the bills already
incurred and submitted for payment.
Per FO 732, 16 May 1968, Allowances
, by LRH, a Sea Org member is supposed to get medical expenses.
Per HCO PL 11 June 1981R, Violation of Staff Covenant
, medical is not charged for.
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