Since 2000, the number of air ambulance companies have doubled to over 1000. For profit companies are contributing to the growth. The average air ambulance is about $32,900 in 2014. The real cost for the trip ranges from $7000 to $10000. Medicare and Medicaid pay about $200 to $6000 per trip. Most operators must collect more from private insurance companies to make up the difference. In a 2015 study, about 33% of air ambulance rises were medically unnecessary. If medically unnecessary, the consumer gets stuck!!!!!!
Most medical emergency events are stressful…try to do the following:
Make sure the doctor or first responders are convinced the air ambulance is the best option versus ground and is medically necessary. Have a family member ask the question.
Ask f the company is in your insurance network.
If your insurance denies the bill appeal. If necessary, negotiate the bill. Remember the company’s costs are $7000 to $10000.