The Alarming Expense of Air Ambulance Transport
Victims are Often Unaware of the Costs of Air Ambulance Transport
Some accidents are so severe that air transport is necessary to save the victim’s life. However, this can result in alarming expenses.
In one case, a woman was transported by air ambulance after being told by emergency responders that it was necessary to save her life. The cost of the air ambulance transport was not disclosed to the victim or her husband, and neither were they told why air transport was required despite the hospital only being an hour away by car. The couple was left with a bill for more than $40,000, after insurance covered $14,000, for a short helicopter trip that cost more than $54,727 in total.
Studies show that the cost of air ambulance transport is on the rise, and New Mexico is particularly impacted by the sharp increase in air ambulance transportation expenses.
New Mexico Air Ambulance Costs Are Particularly High
An investigation in the state managed by the Office of Superintendent of Insurance discovered that New Mexico air ambulance bills increased by more than 229% from 2006 to 2015. Air ambulances play a crucial role in accidents involving catastrophic injuries where the lives of victims are on the line.
Air ambulances provide necessary care quickly. However, victims, who have sustained catastrophic injuries, being left with unimaginable bills does little to help them and their families recover. It is widely agreed that air ambulance costs need to be better regulated in order to stop uncontrollable price hikes. State agencies and insurance companies agree on this point. Despite this, regulation of the air ambulance industry will only be possible through federal intervention.
Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 in October. This enabled the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services to establish new regulations promoting increased price transparency. The new law also creates a committee to act as an advocate to aviation consumers. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 was an impactful move to reduce the expenses faced by patients.
Patients in New Mexico who have been forced unexpectedly to pay alarming air ambulance bills should seek legal counsel.
New Mexico Vehicle Collisions
Auto accidents only need a few seconds to leave a victim with life-altering injuries. There were more than 45,000 car accidents in New Mexico in 2015. These accidents result in over 19,000 injuries each year.
The injuries sustained in a car crash can be catastrophic. Victims often experience difficulty covering the expenses associated with their injuries, such as ambulance transportation, medical care, and other damages. This is especially true when their injuries prevent the victim from returning to work.
Victims of a New Mexico car crash should contact an experienced attorney after sustaining injuries in a personal injury accident. The firm of Will Ferguson & Associates has helped countless victims recover after being injured in an accident. Our New Mexico car accident lawyers believe that the law is meant to help injured victims recover full and fair compensation. Call us today at 505-243-5566 to see how we can assist you with your claim.