Most health insurance agencies will only cover 20% of ambulance services, if they cover any amount at all. Heart failure, VAD and transplant patients need these types of services and the associated costs can be a significant burden to on a patient’s finances.
The HeartBrothers’ Angel Transport Program assists patients and families with the medical transport costs associated with ambulance or helicopter services that insurance doesn’t cover.
To put this in perspective, a 6-mile ambulance ride in Boston can cost more than $1,700. If health insurance covers 20% of that cost, the patient and family may have to pay the remaining $1,360. A cost like this is an extreme financial burden to many families who are, in most cases, already dealing with significant income issues to pay for the patient’s hospitalization.
Such ambulatory transport costs are sudden and the number of medical facilities who are able to deal with these types of patients are limited. Heart failure, VAD and transplant patients in New England often must be transported to Boston for treatment. Recently, one patient received a $23,000 bill for helicopter transport from New Hampshire to a Boston hospital.
The HeartBrothers Foundation is here to help.