“If I’d have known it would cost that much, I would have crawled to the hospital,” he grumbled to consumer reporter Bob Sullivan. Or driven himself: once paramedics got him downstairs, he felt well enough to drive himself, but chose to ride in the ambulance as long as it was there. “It’s not a big deal,” one of the paramedics assured him. It is, however, a big bill.
The ambulance ride didn’t really cost $160 per mile. The real itemized cost was $8.73 per mile, but there’s a flat $755 fee that provider Rural/Metro charges in that area, no matter how long the trip is. One thing that you should check after receiving an outrageous ambulance bill is whether town residents have to pay for the taxpayer-funded service if their insurance doesn’t cover it. That doesn’t work in this patient’s case, though: Rural/Metro is a publicly traded company.
Gotcha! Why a 5-mile ambulance ride costs $800 — or more [Bob Sullivan]