Rising prices, billing disputes, and a quirk in federal law are creating a new health-care headache.
For-profit air-ambulance companies too often pick up people who don’t need air transport—and leave families with huge bills that insurance won’t pay.
Where air ambulances are concerned, health care regulation is at odds with aviation regulation, creating a dispute over rates.
Researchers still are unsure what aspect of helicopter lifts plays the biggest role in saving lives. "Is it the speed?" Adil Haider, of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the new study, asked at a briefing about the new findings. Is it that "the crew that makes it to the helicopter is the best of the best?" Or is it that patients arriving at a medical center via helicopter receive quicker and higher-quality medical attention once they land? "We need to figure out what makes the difference," Haider said.
Nothing represents the urgency of time in emergency care better than the blazing ambulance, its lights and sirens clearing its path. Some of the supposed importance of speed in medical emergencies is actually grounded in truth: For patients with cardiac arrest, the time it takes for someone to start CPR makes a big difference in survival. But for many other conditions, time (on the order of minutes) may not make as much of a difference as we once thought.
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The prince opened up about what he and his team responded to over the years and praised their incredible response time and skill.
Forty years ago, most ambulances were free for patients, provided by volunteers or town fire departments using taxpayer money, said Jay Fitch, president of Fitch & Associates, an emergency services consulting firm. Today, ambulances are increasingly run by private companies and venture capital firms. Ambulance providers now often charge by the mile and sometimes for each “service,” like providing oxygen.
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Thanks to new technology, new life-saving techniques and new missions, ambulance crews are far from the ‘horizontal taxicabs’ they once were.
Thirty years ago ambulance rides were generally provided free of charge, underwritten by taxpayers as a municipal service or provided by volunteers. Today, like the rest of the health care system in the United States, most ambulance services operate as businesses and contribute to America’s escalating medical bills. Often, they are a high-cost prequel to expensive emergency room visits.
In rural areas far from hospitals, an emergency may mean taking a flight—but these lifesaving trips can come with a crushingly high price tag.
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