$16,786 bill for 1 mile medical helicopter flight

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by Craig Cheatham

KMOV.com

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 12 at 11:01 PM

Glen Carter was in trouble. He was bleeding internally at a Sullivan, Missouri hospital, and his doctor insisted that Carter needed to be flown by medical helicopter to a St. Louis hospital for surgery as soon as possible. 

Our story isn't about the surgery, or a doctor's advice. This story focuses primarily on the bill Carter received for the flight. Carter was charged $16,786 for the 1 mile flight from the airport to the hospital, then billed another $8,245 for the 51 mile flight from the Sullivan hospital to another one in Town and Country, a St. Louis suburb. The total bill from Air Methods, the parent company of ARCH Medical, totaled $25,031.94. Even now, more than 3 months later, it stuns him.

Air Methods did not respond to our request for comment.

We first reported on the massive bills handed out by Air Methods last month. Since then, we've received heard many similar stories.

We'll keep you posted.

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