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Calstar helicopter rides can cost $10,000
Santa Cruz Sentinel

A helicopter ambulance is often a lifesaver for victims of auto accidents, heart attacks, falls from cliffs, gunshot wounds or other sudden, life-threatening emergencies.

But be prepared for some sticker shock. A flight to the hospital can cost $10,000 or more, and insurance won’t always cover it.

Calstar — California Shock Trauma Air Rescue — will fly any patient in an emergency, said Lisa Abeloe, a registered nurse and director of the air ambulance company’s Central Coast/Southern region.