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Ambulance ripped off
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Phuc Nguyen in Oakland, CA.Posted: December 13th, 2015 09:12AM
Ambulance Provider: Pro-TransportDistance: 5miles
My wife went to emergency in Sutter Health Summit Oakland, They found out that she got stroke, The hospital called Pro-Transport Ambulance to take her to Sutter Health Alta Bates Stroke Center in Berkeley, California, about 5 miles away, and it took about 15 minutes. the bill was almost $9,000.00. My insurance said the ambulance company not in the network,therefore they paid 50% only> Now I had a bill for $4,400.00. Is there anything I can do on this ripped off case?
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Ambulance company trying to collect total amt from us.
Amount: $1,068.00
Posted by: Vicki from Arizona in Tucson, AZ.Posted: October 16th, 2015 04:10PM
Ambulance Provider: rural metroDistance: .5
The ambulance took my husband from a rehab facility to hospital emergency room which was half mile away.
We were charged $1068. We were to be responsible for the copay which is 220. Now since our insurance company had a contract with them they didn't pay the rest since it was disallowed. Now they are trying to collect from us. Our insurance said that they are not allowed to bill us for more than our copay. Got reported to a collection agency and ended up paying the bill. Our insurance is filing a grievance. Hope to get a refund with this mess is resolved.
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City of Vacaville CA for vitals
Amount: $1,125.00
Posted by: Christina B in Rocklin, CA.Posted: September 8th, 2015 05:09PM
Ambulance Provider: City of Vacaville CADistance: None
After a hiking accident, the city of Vacaville ambulance assessed my vitals and gave me 2 bottles of water. That's it! I had no ambulance ride and they didn't even dress my wounds. BCBS won't cover it! These are fraudulent charges! I work in healthcare and vitals DO NOT cost $1100!
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outrages ambulance charge
Amount: $1,560.00
Posted by: arnold kelly in oklahoma city, OK.Posted: August 12th, 2015 06:08PM
Ambulance Provider: E M S ADistance: 0.4 miles
real sick no life support required
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High Cost of ambulance Transportation
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: Katzx2 in La Grange, IL.Posted: June 26th, 2015 09:06AM
Ambulance Provider: N/ADistance: 10 miles
To respond to the Virginia Beach person voicing that those that are complaining of Ambulance fees are a "bunch of whiners;" In the State of Illinois an ambulance fee ranges from $7,000.00 to 10,000.00, I think we have a right to be concerned as to the high cost, not that I am not appreciative of the EMT themselves but the cost for an ambulance is ridiculous! Yes, Insurance will cover some cost but did you know that for a Dialysis patient that requires (per physician) an ambulance as a Medcar would not be appropriate, that person pays the cost of 5,000.00 to 7,000.00, that the Insurance and Medicare will not pay. So now, Virginia Beach, these people have every right to be concerned and are not "whiners" especially if they can not afford that exorbitant amount. Tell what is their alternative, will you pay for it for them?
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Way to expensive
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Ridiculous ambulance cost in South plainfield, NJ.Posted: June 16th, 2015 08:06PM
Ambulance Provider: JFK hospitalDistance: 10 miles
Ride to RWJ hospital in New Brunswick, they just check blood presure during ride, after insurance I still owe $750, ambulance should tell you around how much is going to cost, if I knew this was that expensive i could have someone else to drive me to the hospital
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Non-transport service
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Anita A. in Houston, TX.Posted: June 9th, 2015 11:06AM
Ambulance Provider: Harris County Emergency CorpsDistance: 0
My father never woke from a nap and i found him deceased. I called 911 and the EMTs responded and one touched his wrist and said, "Yup, he's dead." They filled out paperwork for 5 minutes and left. The bill for that was $1,500. No equipment or services rendered. All that was used was gas and gloves. This is a county EMS that collects my tax money. Seems like that should count for something.
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Two Co pays after Anthem Insurance
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Sarah Munn in South Jorden, UT.Posted: June 2nd, 2015 07:06AM
Ambulance Provider: Park City-Salt Lake, UtDistance: 5 and 15 miles
Two trips.... to Park City Medical.... 5 to 10 milees
2nd Trips.. Park City Medical to Intermountain Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT. 15 miles
Two invoices.. $998.62 & $1773.76-- Insurance covered all except Two $200.00 Co Pays each Trip.
I assume Medicaid does not cover any of the $400 total Copays?
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high cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jar in cape coral, FL.Posted: June 1st, 2015 08:06PM
Ambulance Provider: lee coDistance: 1/3 mile
i was lucky my ins covered it, but i serviced most of the nurcing homes around the county and so often the fire dept and ambulance shows up the fd might be needed for accidents and some home calls but its a waste to send a fire truck to a dr office or nursing home 1 in a thousand might nee heavy person lifting help. the other thin all municipalities had fire and ambulance costs in the tax base but since then the tax is still charged as is the patient is charged in addition
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Cost of Waikiki Ambulance
Amount: $1,162.00
Posted by: B Chin in Honolulu, HI.Posted: May 27th, 2015 03:05PM
Ambulance Provider: State of Hawaii EMS ServicesDistance: 8 miles
No treatment was given on ambulance, except for connecting heart monitor and blood oxygen monitor on finger.
Fortunately, it was a false alarm heart attack.
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bunch of whiners
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: EMS is not free in virginia beach, VA.Posted: May 18th, 2015 02:05PM
Ambulance Provider: noneDistance:
I cannot believe the amount of people that are complaining about having to pay for an ambulance ride? Do you complain when you take a taxi and have to pay the fare? Do you complain when you go to your MD and have to pay a copay? Why wouldn't you have to pay for an ambulance ride? Isn't it the same thing as a taxi with medical care? Granted to the person that received horrible customer service, I would complain to that agency. But the moron that called an ambulance because they had a stubbed toe and did not want to wait....ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You are probably the same person that complained because the person in cardiac arrest was treated before you! Contrary to what you may think, an ambulance is not a taxi service. Like someone else mentioned, these are trained professionals that have the ability to administer life saving (or if they were not trained professionals life ending) drugs. I understand that you may think the costs are high. Are the costs in the emergency room high as well
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Am I being gouged?
Amount: $2,454.76
Posted by: Bob Jensen in Danbury, WI.Posted: April 22nd, 2015 11:04AM
Ambulance Provider: North MemorialDistance: 30
They are charging me $27.55/mile and $1628.25 base charge. Gave me oxygen and started IV. Bandaged wounds
Was March 26, 2015
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Free and fast ambulance with top-equipment
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Lennart-Krantz in Copenhagen, KS.Posted: April 12th, 2015 05:04PM
Ambulance Provider: Danish-StateDistance: 120-kilometers or 75-miles
My nephew 20-years-old, strong, non-smoker got a legionella-type Pneumonia from infected shower-bath in a cheap hotel. Ambulance from Copenhagen , Denmark to Lung-Hospital in Odense , Denmark , Distance: 120-km.
Oxygen-mask in ambulance. My worried sister passenger in ambulance. For an Endoscopic lung-operation and five days stay in hospital + the ambulance my sister paid NOTHING because she already paid via adequate Danish-taxes. Poor american patients.
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The Costs You Don't See
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Johnobody in Columbus, OH.Posted: April 12th, 2015 01:04PM
Ambulance Provider: All of ThemDistance: 1 Mile
By the time an ambulance shows up to transport a patient, even in a non emergency capacity, a couple of hundred thousand dollars have been spent on the vehicle. It MUST be 100% maintained (better than the best mechanic's car). The crew went through training that they paid for themselves and they get paid like workers at McDonald's. The crew must be ready 24 hours a day, just for the run on which they transport you. Emergency or not, the EMT's must be ready to run. When they have a run, many times, the patient urinates, defecates or vomits in the truck. Until the truck is clean, it's not legal to put it back in service. The trip "Without Medical Care" is not without medical care. The EMT is monitoring the patient. He or she is trained and prepared to intervene if the patient's condition goes downhill. When someone's relative dies, someone is going to get blamed. Insurance is outrageous. Operating costs are off the charts.
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Robbery in broad daylight
Amount: $1,388.00
Posted by: Billious in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: March 31st, 2015 08:03AM
Ambulance Provider: Los Angeles Fire DepartmentDistance: .3 mile
My daughter passed out in her UCLA dorm room, having a bad flu and dehydration. Her friends called 911.
To drive her 3/10 of a mile, with no emergency medicine or any special treatment required, they sent a bill for $1388.75.
The invoice claims it was a full mile, which is still ridiculous.
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Ridiculous $105 a mile for an unwanted taxi ride
Amount: $915.00
Posted by: Mike S. in Moline Il in Moline, IL.Posted: March 29th, 2015 06:03AM
Ambulance Provider: Advanced Medical Transport of central ilDistance: 3.3 miles
I drove from the Convenient Care facility to the emergency room on my own. The hospital drugged me up(at this point I needed it) and arranged transportation to another hospital 3.3 miles away. I didn't want the ride, knew I couldn't drive, but I had friends on the way. They said no, and that the ambulance was ready to go...I didn't argue. I received the first bill about the same I received a letter from my insurance company requesting more info from the ambulance company, so I did nothing. The next month received the second bill, and the phone call threatening collections. Called my BCBS and then called back to the ambulance company within 1/2 hour, stating my insurance company would have a determination within 7-10 business days. The ambulance company's response was..."I don't care"(exact words)..and they would proceed with collections...there should be a law.
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Cost of Medivac Helicopter - New Mexico
Amount: $34,087.00
Posted by: Recovering in Wisconsin in Near Sante Fe, NM.Posted: March 2nd, 2015 01:03PM
Ambulance Provider: Tristate CareflightDistance: 58 miles
Out of state motorcycle accident. Was flown to nearest trauma center because "we do that for all motorcycle accidents" says EMT. Sheriff said I was the 7th one in a week. After getting checked out, I walked out of trauma center within two hours and a prescription for (basically) aspirin.
Cost: $17,325 base, plus $289/mile. My take is base is a little high, but "per mile" add is triple what it should be. Being "out of network", insurance only paid half.
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overcharging ambulance bill
Amount: $2,185.00
Posted by: Victim needs help in Plainsboro, NJ.Posted: February 21st, 2015 03:02PM
Ambulance Provider: Roert Wood Johnson Ambulance ServiceDistance: 5 miles
Received an ambulance bill for $2,185.00. For a 5 mile ride and taking blood pressure only, that's the amount they billed me. My insurance said the recommended amount is
$770.21. Even though my insurance already paid $1,185.00 the ambulance company is
Still after me for the remaining balance. The amount they charged is way too unreasonable, does anyone know how to fight it or any organization that can help me with? I'm at the bottom of this, any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated!!
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non emergent transport from freestanding ER to hospital
Amount: $788.28
Posted by: KarenRN in Rockwall, TX.Posted: January 31st, 2015 08:01PM
Ambulance Provider: Rockwall County EMSDistance: 5 miles
I developed cellulitis - went to a free standing ER on a Sunday to avoid waiting another day for antibiotics. They started IV and decided I needed to be sent to their affiliated hospital. I wanted to drive but wasn't allowed. After arranging for my daughter to come get my car, they put me in a stripped down ambulance on a stretcher and delivered me to my hospital room. I was fine- no fever, no problem other than a localized infection that needed IV antibiotics. From my perspective, there is fraud going on-- a business partnership that is profiting on a patient that steps into their game. Had I thought I would be charged for a service that should be included in the ER cost combined with a hospital stay, I could have easily driven straight to the hospital.I was trying to keep it simple. I believe this one is going to get disputed.
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No compassion from EMT!
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: kindness1st in kihei, HI.Posted: January 28th, 2015 05:01AM
Ambulance Provider: State of HIDistance: 14
I was hit by a car and then the driver ran over my hand. This resulted in broken wrist on one hand and broken fingers on the other hand. Incredibly painful. The EMT tried to talk me out of using the ambulance for the 15 mile ride to Hospital during a rainstorm.She said my husband should drive just drive me! Then she kept on about the elderly people in the ER who need care more than me! I guess broken bones in BOTH upper extremities isn't bad enough injuries to ambulance transport to hospital. It took her multiple pokes to administer medication before we started moving. That wouldn't have bothered me if I didn't have to listen to her nasty unprofessional comments much if the ride. I'm not complaining about the cost (the person who caused my injuries WILL be paying) I am very unhappy with the bad attitude of EMT! I'm sure if her mother or daughter needed similar help, she would have shown much more compassion and professionalism.if the cost went by kindness she would send me a check!
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Superior Ambulance - Price Gougers
Amount: $7,500.00
Posted by: Scammed by Superior in Libertyville, IL.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 09:12PM
Ambulance Provider: SuperiorDistance: 39 miles
Charged roughly $7500 to transfer from one hospital to another for a non-emergency. The hospital told us it was mandatory we take an ambulance. Insurance covered only $700 b/c Superior is out of network (I called...they do not participate in ANY networks). Left with an out of pocket bill for $6800 for a glorified taxi service. I don't know what to do. BCBS was no help whatsoever.
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Amount: $1,837.00
Posted by: numb and outraged in , AL.Posted: December 7th, 2014 05:12PM
Ambulance Provider: shephardDistance: 4.65
Called poison control center regarding being poisoned. They could not/ did not bother answering my question. They just forwarded me to 911. Since 911 has your info from phone the came. I did not ask them to come. They show up all 3-4 vehicles.
I am behind metal security gate standing upright talking to them. I say no I don't want to go with you.
They insist the have to "check me out". I go to bedroom and lock the door. The owner of the house is threatened, if you do not open this door we will break it down. So he opens it and door to bedroom. Two paramedics drag me out of house. I tell them I do not want to go, I want to sleep.
In ambulance on gurney I try to get up and leave. They hold me down and strap me down.
At hospital they have someone observe me. I ask to leave. They bring hospital gown and want me to change saying they are admitting me. I do not have insurance.
When the guy is not looking I walk out in bare feet and no cash and walk the 4.65 miles back home.
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The Reality Of Ambulance Cost Of Services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: A Volunteer in Tulsa Area, OK.Posted: December 4th, 2014 05:12AM
Ambulance Provider: Distance: 0
I can sincerely appreciate the appearance of outlandish costs for ambulance services in our country. However, as a volunteer helping to manage a non-profit ambulance service, I would offer an explanation. On average, ambulance services recover only a small portion of their billings, about 60% but can go as low as 40% depending on the area. In short, those that do pay are also paying for those that do not. Even with this consideration, most may feel the costs too high. I would ask them to appreciate the costs of providing highly trained personnel, available within minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Very high rates with "Superior"
Amount: $7,550.00
Posted by: TLA in Aurora, IL.Posted: November 21st, 2014 10:11AM
Ambulance Provider: Superior Air Ground Amb. ServiceDistance: 41 miles
My kid had to be transferred from one hospital to another and Superior Ambulance from Aurora to Park Ridge, IL charged $7550. Blue Cross paid $4730 (the maximum they would pay) and left me with $2820. I had no choice and no information ahead of time so I feel gouged. They can charge whatever they want and we are stuck.
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