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I know we have discussed this topic before to death, but here is another reminder how expensive one of these rides can end up.  I keep saying I am going to join one of these memberships. ( "The company also said it encourages people to purchase a membership through the AirMedCare Network. The cost is $65 per household per year, and "whatever the patient's insurance company or third party provider pays is considered payment in full.") I just never get around to doing it.

 

http://www.ksdk.com/news/health/snake-bite-victim-gets-30k-helicopter-bill/463863080

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I've had my AirEvac membership for 9 years and while I've never used it, I'm happy to pay it every year just for the peace of mind.

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OK, I just filled out and submitted my online application for this service.  Hopefully I don't need it in the next 15 days! LOL

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49 minutes ago, reed12b said:

OK, I just filled out and submitted my online application for this service.  Hopefully I don't need it in the next 15 days! LOL

 That's why I assure you we will be taking it easy tomorrow 

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Got mine maybe a month or so ago :D

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19 hours ago, reed12b said:

I know we have discussed this topic before to death, but here is another reminder how expensive one of these rides can end up.  I keep saying I am going to join one of these memberships. ( "The company also said it encourages people to purchase a membership through the AirMedCare Network. The cost is $65 per household per year, and "whatever the patient's insurance company or third party provider pays is considered payment in full.") I just never get around to doing it.

 

http://www.ksdk.com/news/health/snake-bite-victim-gets-30k-helicopter-bill/463863080

 

Lets not gloss over the other important lesson of this story: don't be a dumbass and deliberately stop to get close to a rattlesnake.

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On 8/13/2017 at 8:01 AM, Morbo said:

 

Lets not gloss over the other important lesson of this story: don't be a dumbass and deliberately stop to get close to a rattlesnake.

Naturally, I've done that.

 

So... AirEvac is the best way to go?

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AirEvac is now part of the Care-Med-Network and it's really the only game in town... Arch Medical doesn't participate in any membership program that I know of.

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I'm wondering how long this game will go on with the Air Evac companies.

 

https://www.ems1.com/air-medical-transport/articles/110405048-Air-ambulance-lawsuit-becomes-class-action/

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2018/06/11/491734.htm

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-11/private-equity-backed-air-ambulances-leave-behind-massive-bills

https://www.classaction.org/news/lawsuit-air-evac-ems-charges-unreasonable-rates-for-emergency-air-transport

 

 

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I read them all... and yes they charge way more for the service ... maybe more than it should be... but when you need the ride... you need the ride... thus... pay the membership fee and protect yourself against the costs... the alternative is to not pay the membership fee and hope you never need the ride... or plan to fight. When I crashed I had to talk the EMS out of calling the helo team... that just the general practice... motorcycle crash... call helo.

 

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I am a member of Air med care and pay $87.00 a year which includes my wife and daughter too. I also have up to $5,000 coverage through my motorcycle insurance which covers my high deductible health insurance. 

This extra $5,000 only cost a few more dollars a month and you have to ask for it since insurance agents don’t tell you about it.

A few yrs back i did heve an Air ride which was $27,000 and i had to pay my deductible and the rest was covered by my health insurance.

 

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Thanks for the AirEvac link. I'll go ahead and sign up. Looks like good coverage at most of the racetracks I visit and area I play in the twisties. 

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