By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

November 8, 2019

Ambulance Fees (US)

In the US, almost all ambulance transports are billed to the patient. The fees can run from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.

The federal healthcare program Medicare will pay set fees, which are not enough to cover the costs for ambulance transport, when there is a medical necessity for it. State Medicaid also operates under the same conditions. If the patient can be reasonably transported by some other means, the cost of the transport must be paid by the patient.

Private insurance policies vary in what they will pay for and what they won’t, but at a minimum they have the same requirement for ambulance transport. Some companies have in-network providers and out-of-network providers. In those cases, the insured may have to pay for out-of-network providers.

There are a few rare exceptions in the US such as charity hospital ambulances and communities which have adequate funding to provide free ambulance transport to community members. There are even some ambulance services that have membership programs.

* Based on a lecture on ambulance reimbursement offered by Colorado University, EMT lecture series, Module 5, Pediatric Pathology








English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers