HIGH COST OF HELICOPTER RIDE TO HOSPITAL – CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN
Our best injury accident lawyers have represented many people who were taken to the hospital by helicopter for treatment after a serious injury. Air ambulance rides can be lifesavers. But how much should they cost, and who pays the bill for the emergency helicopter? In an ongoing, crowdsourced “Bill of the Month” investigation, NPR and Kaiser Health News have received more than a dozen bills from people around the country on the hook for medevac helicopter rides that ranged from $28,000 to $97,000. You can read the entire article here.
If an air ambulance service isn’t part of a patient’s insurance network, the operator can charge patients for the portion of the helicopter bill the insurance company won’t cover. That leaves a patient on the hook for the undiscounted rate the air carrier decides to charge, which can be a very big number. There may be car accident insurance or property insurance available to help with the emergency helicopter bills. Our lawyers for a Minnesota accident injury always try to make sure that bills like this (that may not be covered by health insurance) are paid first by other available insurance. Hopefully there is enough insurance available to pay for the helicopter and all the medical bills, with enough left over to compensate our client as well.
According to the NPR article, Congress is working on legislation to control the pricing of emergency helicopter rides after a serious car accident injury. Hopefully something will be done.
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in an accident, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our best MN accident lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing and getting compensation for people with a serious car accident or other type of injury. We will make sure your medical bills are paid, you are reimbursed for lost wages, and that you receive all the compensation you are entitled to.