Wednesday, December 03, 2008
One Heckuva Taxi Ride
Yesterday, we got a statement from our local ambulance company for Dad's transportation to the air ambulance on his way to San Francisco. Mind you, this isn't the air-ambulance bill: it's the bill for the ground ambulance to pick up a stable patient and drive him to an airfield for transfer to an airplane.
Fortunately, the statement explains that Dad has insurance (thank God!) and that they just need his signature to process the claim. We can do that! No problemo!
There are a few things I don't get here. One is that I've read that paramedics make, like, $23,000 a year, which is criminal considering the work they do. They aren't getting this money, so where's it going?
Also, when Dad collapsed after getting here and was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, that bill was only (only!) $909. In that case, he needed medical treatment in our garage and on the ambulance: BP and 02 monitors, oxygen, an IV, etc. When he was picked up at the VA, all of that was already in place, right? So why was the second ride more expensive?
It must be distance. I know the first bill said that was a four-mile ride, and presumably the drive to the airfield was longer.
But, still. Dang!