Why are ambulances so expensive?

Steve & Ted
Thursday, December 14th
Moneytracker Don Grant talks about ambulance fees.

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If you think it's expensive to stay in hospital think about what it cost to get there by ambulance. When you have a health emergency in someone calls 911. The dispatcher will pick the ambulance crew which is either local fire departments or a private company the crew often picks the hospital. Many ambulances are called by bystanders or police not the patient being transported. So the patient has no choice but both the ambulance crew in a hospital may be considered out of network for the patient's insurance purposes. Way back win some thirty years ago. Ambulance were provided. For free by volunteers or town fire departments using taxpayer money. Now they are big companies owned by venture capital funds and some smaller private companies. Medicare and Medicaid will pay for some rides but reimbursement is a low. So the companies make up profits by charging more to private insurance or patience paying cash. They charge by the mile. And for each service provided summarized in cost from 500 to 15100. Bucks per mile. Then added extra costs like oxygen in bandages and a simple ride to the hospital. Can cost several thousand dollars if the ambulance crew is out of network and they deliver the patient to an out of network hospital. The patient may be stuck with a massive transportation. And hospital bill. Most private health care insurers have not developed a standard rate with ambulance companies. In most cases they don't agree on a fair price so they ambulance service doesn't join the insurers network. As a result. More than a quarter of all pick ups are out of network costing the patient. 21 states have passed laws over the years and protect consumers in some situations. According to Kaiser health news most of these laws largely ignored ground ambulance services so they are virtually worthless to patients. Patients do have a right to refuse an ambulance ride as long as they are capable. Of making that decision. 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