Even though there is widespread agreement that health care costs are indeed high, there is often a lack of local data to show the actual amounts. Here is a cost breakdown of a recent ambulance trip from Elk Rapids to Munson Hospital in Traverse City – a distance of about 20 miles. The total cost is in excess of $1,000. The insurance provider, in this case Blue Cross/Blue Shield, paid only a small portion of the bill – less than 10%.
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I hasten to add that I am not at all critical of the type of care that was provided. All personnel acted with the utmost of professionalism. I am focusing here only on the cost of the service.
It appears that a second ambulance trip (God forbid!) this fiscal year would cost
about $500, even with all deductibles satisfied.
* Excess = the amount over and above the maximum amount allowed.