It’s bad enough that a patient has a health emergency so dire it requires a helicopter ride to make it to the hospital in time. But then comes the bill, which can approach six figures and for which insurance coverage is often spotty. In this Facebook Live discussion, Diane Webber, a senior editor at KHN who has coordinated coverage of the issue, talks with senior editor Stephanie Stapleton about the regulatory and market-based factors that contribute to these sky-high costs.
Here’s our coverage, done in partnership with NPR:Taken For A Ride: After ATV Crash, Doctor Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth?
Note: During this discussion, we incorrectly referred to the Airline Deregulation Act of 1968. It became law in 1978.