Holy crap, air ambulances are expensive
If you ever find yourself in a helicopter on the way to the hospital, chances are you’re in for a very big bill.
- The average cost for an air ambulance is over $36,000, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
- And a whopping 69% of the emergency transports GAO studied were outside of patients’ insurance networks, meaning the patients who received those transports were at a higher risk of being billed for the bulk of the trip themselves.
- GAO didn’t collect information specifically on how many airlifted patients received such bills. Of the patient complaints it did review, though, all but 1 were for more than $10,000.