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Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Jul;38(7):1195-1200. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05375.

Air Ambulances With Sky-High Charges.

Author information

1
Ge Bai ( gbai@jhu.edu ) is an associate professor of accounting at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and an associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland.
2
Arjun Chanmugam is a professor of emergency medicine and vice chair for integration and health care transformation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore.
3
Valerie Y. Suslow is a professor of economics and vice dean for faculty and research at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
4
Gerard F. Anderson is a professor of health policy and management and a professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management.

Abstract

Charges for air ambulance services were 4.1-9.5 times higher than what Medicare paid for the same services in 2016. The median charge ratios (the charge divided by the Medicare rate) for the services increased by 46-61 percent in 2012-16. Air ambulance charges varied substantially across the US, and some of the largest providers had among the highest charges.

KEYWORDS:

Air ambulance; charge; out-of-Network; price; surprise medical bill

PMID:
31260345
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05375

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