This week, we focus on the various news items that made headlines in the air ambulance world. The items range from awareness campaigns to safety issues surrounding drone use. Of course, there was some dispute surrounding the air ambulance bill, although such disputes are now dwindling in numbers.
A Couple in Maryland Disputes a Huge Air Ambulance Bill
A Maryland couple who was slapped with a bill that ran up to $175,000 is now disputing it. The couple was on a vacation in Jamaica when one of them had some health issues leading to prolonged hospitalization that lasted for about 40 days. Ultimately, the patient had to be evacuated to the United States via an air ambulance service.
The couple was told that the cost would be less than $20,000. However, when the bill arrived, they were surprised to see that it was $175,000. The couple had not purchased a traveler’s insurance and is now regretting their decision. Since the rescue was undertaken in 2021, the couple is not sure how the No Surprises Bill would help and is hoping for the best.
The Agricultural Growing Season and Air Ambulance Services
The upcoming growing season is very critical, especially due to the food supply chain being disrupted by the ongoing war launched by Russia against Ukraine. The season usually sees an uptick in demand for air ambulance services. The reason behind this is the fact that a lot of heavy agricultural equipment is put into use during this time. Also, since agriculture is mostly undertaken in rural areas, the chances of finding appropriate medical care during mishaps are slim and air ambulance services bridge this gap.
Canadian Air Ambulance Gets Additional Funding
Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) will receive an additional $8 million in funding this year. It was seen that the organization had witnessed over a 24% increase in its operational costs. The additional funding will bridge this gap. Much of the organization’s funding comes from fund-raising efforts. The remaining is funded by the government.