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GAO: Emergency air transport firms hiked prices 60% while adding bases
Modern Healthcare

Air ambulance companies have continued to add air bases, particularly in the Southern and Western United States, even as they hiked their average charges by more than 60%.

The findings by the Government Accountability Office show how costs for patients and insurers have continued to jump despite state efforts to control balance billing for emergency flights. Regulation of emergency air transport falls to the Federal Aviation Administration, so the courts have so far largely struck down states’ attempts to rein in the cost burden on patients.