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Axios: Holy crap, air ambulances are expensive

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.

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