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We hear the helicopters flying overhead almost everyday and sometimes more than once a day. The average cost is $12,000- $25,000K. Can you afford that? You do have choices in these situations. you can request an ambulance instead.
Has anyone had the experience of being transported via helicopter? What was your experience like on the financial end of things?

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We hear the helicopters flying overhead almost everyday and sometimes more than once a day. The average cost is $12,000- $25,000K. Can you afford that? You do have choices in these situations. you can request an ambulance instead.
Has anyone had the experience of being transported via helicopter? What was your experience like on the financial end of things?

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I am sure EMTs are going to make decisions or recommendations on the conservation side, but often FFL is put on standby then stood down because an ambulance is adequate. If I were the patient, I would go with whatever they say, but I have the luxury of Medicare. I don't have to consider the possibility of having to foot the bill. I would still rather err on the side of life.

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I agree with AL, I certainly wouldn’t put money in front of life ever. Although it will be a killer when I have to pay back, if I live, but it is what it is and I would have to just make it work. I’ll bet on it that only 20% or less people ever pay their medical bills that go so high, hence why the high cost - we are caught in a vicious circle.

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Most people don't know this, but flight for life actually started as a military training program called MAST (military assistance to safety and traffic). Ft. Carson had the first program in 1969 because of accidents on remote mountain roads. It was considered good training for Medevac flight crews for what they do on the battlefield. Then someone got the idea they could make money doing this as a civilian corporation and sued the government to stop the program.

I'm all for free market economy and don't know the right answer, but originally this was free to the civilians who were assisted. The military can still be called in for exceptional circumstances (lost or wounded hikers needing basket lift, etc) but is not allowed by law to compete with civilian industry on a regular basis.

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For those individuals that have coverage through their employer, typically air ambulance is covered, assuming it is medically necessary. Level of coverage is dependent on the actual policy. Would suggest you check with your employer HR department for detail information. If you have an individual policy; i.e., Anthem, Golden Rule, Mutual of Omaha, review your policy. Good idea is also to read "exclusions" page.


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Life Flight Network is quite popular in our remote area. Injuries which wouldn't be considered life-threatening in the metro area (broken arms, even intractable nose bleeds!)are commonly airlifted here. In some areas, ground transport could take hours, or even days!
They offer several membership options ranging from $65/yr to $1000/lifetime. That's for you and dependents as well as elderly or disabled members of household. The annual membership is a common employment benefit in these parts. Life Flight takes whatever your healthcare provides as "payment in full". You'd never see a bill. Guess the membership fees support the gap.
The hospitals in our immediate area are a far cry from what I knew in the Denver area in terms of experienced staff & equipment. Glad to know I can get to a decent trauma or cardiac facility in under an hour.

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At 71 and 74 respectively my wife and I are delighted that the flight for life lands at Shadow Mountain/Black Mountain intersection. It's less than a block from our house. If we we need it, we'll use it for sure.

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chef-gal, what town do you live in?

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A few years ago I got a flight for life ride (that was absolutely necessary). An abulance ride from Shaffers Crossing to the fire station at Richmond Hill and FFL ride to St Anthonys cost over $17,000. In my case it was worth it.


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Oh my guess payments for a long time


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I am sure EMTs are going to make decisions or recommendations on the conservation side, but often FFL is put on standby then stood down because an ambulance is adequate. If I were the patient, I would go with whatever they say, but I have the luxury of Medicare. I don't have to consider the possibility of having to foot the bill. I would still rather err on the side of life.


Is this really covered by medicare? I didn't know this!!

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