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Air ambulance over charging per flight
Amount: $39,981.57
Posted by: Overcharged in Kansas in Satanta, KS.Posted: August 18th, 2016 08:08AM
Type of Aircraft: King Air turbopropMedical Personnel: 2
My 19-year-old son was injured in an ATV accident about A 4" cut behind his right ear. We transported him to the local emergency room in a small town in Kansas. After one dressing CAT scan and sutures we were informed that the doctor thought we needed to transport him to Wichita do to slight hemorrhaging and mild concussion. I am not convinced that an Air transportation flight was warranted. I believe that compensation is due for services rendered but this is ridiculous 200 mile flight and about 12 mile total ambulance ride over $40,000 get real. That's about what I make in six months averaging 55 hours per week I'm not sure their time is that much more valuable than mine. One aircraft two pilots two EMTs how much were they paid per hour I'm sure it is far less than we were billed.
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Air Ambulance from Fresno, CA to San Francisco, CA(400 miles or so)
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kathleen Tripp in Fresno, AZ.Posted: July 24th, 2016 09:07AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: Air Medics
I am so sorry what everyone is going through with costs and it is scary.... My husband had to be transported due to catastrophic liver failure in 2006 it was PHI Air the cost was just about $17,000 our group health insurance Aetna at the time before Obamacare paid 100%... My brother in law worked for PHI and they said if ins. didn't pay bill they would eat the cost.... Great owners of PHI. Granted brother in law worked for them and they wanted to save his brother but.... We just had our 10 yr. liver tranplant anniversary......
I would recommend not ever paying the balances when you can't afford it, or check into an emergency medical plan that may cover that, or confirm the ins. has paid all they are going to, and last but not least check into filing bankruptcy to see if you can get out of the debt.... If you can't file bankruptcy then offer to send payments of $10.00 a month or something and then of course you will never pay it off since you are broke....
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Excessive Air Ambulance Charges
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: Sharon L in Fort Worth, TX.Posted: July 6th, 2016 06:07PM
I see a lot of ridiculous charges on here, and sadly many people who think they will lose their life savings or homes! No you won't! Dispute! Dispute! Dispute! Dispute the charges from the ambulance company AND dispute the charges not paid by the insurance company! Don't bother calling them on the phone. Write a dispute letter and mail it, certified, to both the insurance company AND the ambulance company every time you receive a bill from them. If you receive a call from a collection company, let them know the the account is in the dispute process, and disregard any unethical threats! Don't forget, you DO NOT have to speak to anyone on the phone if you choose not to, so don't feel obligated. Also, when you receive a denial letter, send another letter of dispute. Don't let this worry, consume your life! In the long run, they will either write if off, or reduce the amount owed and send it for collection. At that time, you can determine whether you think the amount is reasonable.
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air helicopter
Amount: $50,000.00
Posted by: Chrisjo in Valparaiso, IN.Posted: June 12th, 2016 04:06PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel:
I had to be airlifted 50 miles. My Anthem insurance only covered $7,000. I really think they don't make contracts with your insurance company so they can see how much money they can get out of you. How much does it cost to operate a helicopter for 50 miles. They don't give you a break down!
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They Didn\\\'t Even Serve Peanuts...
Amount: $59,990.00
Posted by: Grrr in El Paso, TX.Posted: March 30th, 2016 10:03AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 3
43 minute flight to El Paso. Great crew but then came the sticker shock. Not only was there $33k for mileage, but there was another 27k listed for "helicopter rotor base" - possibly a maintenance charge. Air Methods requested that I sign away rights to appeal to them in order to bill my insurance company. Wow! Not signing and seeking legal advice.
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cost of "flight for life"
Amount: $30,000.00
Posted by: psychosgirl in sturgeon bay, WI.Posted: February 18th, 2016 02:02AM
Type of Aircraft: helicoptorMedical Personnel:
my husband caught on fire in our house. I put him out and had to talk him into going to the hospital (b/c our insurance is a bunch of cheapskates, he did not want to go), but the ER doc said he had to go to a burn unit (the closest was over 200 miles away and he was intubated) so they air lifted him and now they want $22,000 from us [appealing the insurance] #now weknowwhatlifeisworth
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Cost of Air Ambulance
Amount: $26,536.00
Posted by: Robin in North Ridgeville OH in Cleveland, OH.Posted: January 22nd, 2016 01:01PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 2 and the pilot
balance is $22,454.47. Care First Blue Cross and Blue Shield paid what they said would be 100% if it were an in network air ambulance that amount was $4,181.53. It is my understanding that no air ambulance companies are in network because they will not except negotiated rates by any insurance companies. I had a heart Attack and had to be taken to that facility per the doctor in the emergency room. I can not believe that Ambulance companies can be charging these types of balances at all. There must be regulations to these types of charges. I only went for a 10 minute ride which was probably only 23 miles if that. Like someone else said we do not take these rides for the joy of the ride. There is no joy in these rides we are afraid we are going to die at this time. It is like paying someone's salary for a yr or buying a car with cash. I have not paid this balance yet and I fear that everything I have worked for all of my life can be taken away from me. I have been working with
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Charge for helicopter transport
Amount: $30,000.00
Posted by: Carol Reid in Troy, MI.Posted: January 10th, 2016 09:01AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel:
My flight from mt. Clemens hospital to beaumont hospital was only 18.7 miles. This is the most ridiculous charge ever. My insurance will only pay $6,000. Help!
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Stable newborn
Amount: $42,000.00
Posted by: Bugginfelix in Bullhead city, AZ.Posted: December 11th, 2015 05:12AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 3
100 mile trip for my uncle. Needed quadruple bypass required pressure to keep him from bleeding out and dying cost him $17,300. The same distance for my newborn who was stabilized for the flight (only required monitoring) was $42,000!! No explanation of costs. company demanding payment or threatened to send me to collections with suggestion of insurance fraud. Absolutely criminal what they are doing. And nobody seems to care. Insurance is fine with it and I'm stuck with co-insurance bill of a little over a thousand dollars. Where are the advocates?!?
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Attn: Broke and Confused in WY
Amount: $55,000.00
Posted by: Confidential in Denver, CO.Posted: October 30th, 2015 01:10PM
The check will always get sent to you. However, you should contact BCBS because it is their policy to pay at billed charges for Air Ambulance.
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air ambulance solution
Amount: $50,000.00
Posted by: eweed in Alpine, TX.Posted: October 24th, 2015 04:10PM
Type of Aircraft: jetMedical Personnel: yes
I guess there's comfort in numbers, knowing that my husband's air ambulance bill is not the only one out there. He was billed $59K and Blue Cross Blue Shield paid only $9K. Why isn't there a class action law suit? Who can offer information as to where to find assistance other than filing consumer complaints??
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Even with insurance looking at going broke
Amount: $55,000.00
Posted by: Broke and confused. in Rock Springs, WY.Posted: August 30th, 2015 07:08PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 2
Recently on a camping vacation my 11 year old became very sick. Took him to the closest hospital. Found out he is type 1 diabetic. Was very sick and had to be flown from Rock Springs WY, to Salt Lake City, UT. 185 mile on the ground. BCBS sent me a check for $30,800 dollars? This way it gets them out of negotiations leaving me stuck in the middle. Air Medics wants me to sign over that check in addition to paying the remaining $24,200. There is no breakdown of cost, just a number they pull out of the air. Outside of the medical industry it would be consider extortion and potentially land them in prison. Not sure what to do next?
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Flight for Life - CO to NM
Amount: $47,000.00
Posted by: a user in Durango, CO.Posted: August 28th, 2015 03:08PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 2
Flight for life transported my baby girl from Durango, CO to Albuquerque, NM during a medical emergency. ~150 miles. Talk about excessive!
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Cost of air ambulance
Amount: $54,999.00
Posted by: a user in Hazard, KY.Posted: August 4th, 2015 04:08PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: Pilot and 2 medical personnel
115 miles from ER in my small town to university hospital. My son had an avulsion amputation (index finger). No price on best care for my children but I did not dream it would cost $55,000!! WOW!!! July 2015, no option for current year below.
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Emergency air flight
Amount: $31,500.00
Posted by: Just wanted a ride not to purchase in Livingston, MT.Posted: June 21st, 2015 07:06AM
Type of Aircraft: twin propMedical Personnel: 2
Friday night stroke @ 6pm. Drove myself 4 blocks to hospital @ 9pm. Dr. determined to send me to hospital 130mi away. Local ambulance service only had one crew available and could not dispatch. Waited about 2 hours for air ambulance to arrive and then it was a 24 min flight to destination. Valley Med Flight billing $31,500. EBMS paid $6,900. REALLY?! Anyone like to buy a used kidney?
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Arch Air Medical Service in Missouri
Amount: $45,537.50
Posted by: Juell Brandt in Nevada, MO.Posted: June 20th, 2015 06:06AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: paramedics
My 89 year old mom was in the nursing home when she became more ill with heart disease. The local ER doctor decided to life flight her 60 miles to Joplin. They stabilized her with medications in the bigger hospital.She passed away a few months later in the local hospital. Her insurance is paying $27,592.50 of the life flight bill, but disallowed $17945.00. They are leaving her owing $22083.88. I want to know what can they do to me since she is passed away. The is an old house that she owned, so I guess they can put a lien on it and take it as there is no way we can pay this bill. Nothing else was in her name. It is outrageous to be charged $45000 for a 60 mile flight. Unacceptable practices... why can't someone stop them?
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cost of air ambulance New York to Los Angeles
Amount: $21,000.00
Posted by: JClark in Los Angeles, Ca in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: June 11th, 2015 10:06AM
Type of Aircraft: JetMedical Personnel: 3 - Pilot, Nurse, Paramedic
Transported from New York to Los Angeles using a Jet from Angel MedFlight. This was the lowest price I could find at $21,000. I thought it was a good price, which is why I went with them.
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$1,000 per mile
Amount: $47,000.00
Posted by: R. Beck USA ret. medic in Akron, Ohio, OH.Posted: April 21st, 2015 06:04PM
Type of Aircraft: helicopterMedical Personnel: ? RN
Last summer my 88 y.o. mother was aerovac’d by chopper from Akron Gen to their owner, the Cleveland Clinic, about 47 miles away. She was billed for $1000 per mile, i.e. $47,000. Once she was in C.C. they treated her with drugs only, as if A.G. didn’t know how to do that for her. AG is one of the best voted hospitals in Ohio. I wonder if the aeromedic company gives AG a kick back for the business?
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excessive cost of air ambulance
Amount: $39,000.00
Posted by: a user in harrison, AR.Posted: April 11th, 2015 08:04AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 1 pilot, 1 medic
I delivered my wife to the heliport during a major heart attack, she was flown by "Air Evac Life Team" of Arkansas 45 mi. and charged $50,302.56. "Blue cross Blue Shield" paid $5,460.00 and life flight expects me to pay the balance. "Air Evac Life Team" is charging approx. $1,000.00 per mile. After paying $150.00 a year for the last 7 years to be a member Air Evac Lifeteam Orginazation??? What is the point of being a member if your charged "TWICE the national average for their service????
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Way over priced
Amount: $43,000.00
Posted by: Jeff R in Marengo, IL.Posted: March 9th, 2015 10:03AM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: 3
They believed I had an infection in my appendix so I was flown about a half hour from Marengo, IL to Elgin,IL my insurance said I didn't need to go by air so they are covering nothing
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Cost of air ambulance helicopter- covered by MEDI-CAL
Amount: $52,000.00
Posted by: Lisa Cheek in San Luis Obispo, CA.Posted: January 30th, 2015 11:01PM
Type of Aircraft: HelicopterMedical Personnel: paramedics??? unsure
San luis Obispo CA to Fresno CA.APROX (150 miles in a car). When i woke up in ICU 12 hrs later...doctors thought I had a hole in my heart. Said I had 19 min til the helicopter was picking me up. Brought my day ND a half old newborn to me, had to leave her there.
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Don't Pay Anything If You Have Insuance
Amount: $24,000.00
Posted by: No Go in St augustine, FL.Posted: December 30th, 2014 08:12AM
Type of Aircraft: Medical Personnel: Air Methods
My husband had an accident and was life-flighted 34 miles to the trauma center. Our insurance BCBS paid 5,000 which was the max benefit. Afterwards Air Methods wanted to balance bill us for the remainder. That's illegal in the state of Florida because the air transport agreed to the contractual amount from the insurance, but that didn't stop them from trying for two years to get the balance. I'm filing a complaint with the state attorney general now to see if that department can get this company to back off of this activity.
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air ambulance in mississippi
Amount: $32,000.00
Posted by: JohnK in Hattiesburg, MS.Posted: October 20th, 2014 11:10AM
Type of Aircraft: light helicopterMedical Personnel: 1
Short ride from Picayune, MS to Hattiesburg, MS (about 18min) cost over $32K after BCBS payment. This was not a dedicated air ambulance either, they had taken out one of the pilot seats and stuffed me in there. I have not paid these people yet, that is why I am looking at the net for excessive charging.
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cost of air ambulance
Amount: $33,384.90
Posted by: going broke at 63 in chickasha, OK.Posted: September 21st, 2014 09:09AM
Type of Aircraft: helicopterMedical Personnel: two
Transported 44 miles from hospital to hospital. the cost for the ride $33,384.90. BlueCross of Oklahoma paid $4142.61 Air Methods is balance billing me $29,242.29. The ground transport to and from the same place is about a one hour drive.
The ground ambulance cost is about $ 2000.00.
It will take every penny I have to pay this. The stress of negotiating with Air Methods is onerous. At 63 years old I have no chance to financially recover from this expense.
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