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Helicopter to the ER

Bjorn, Pret pbjorn at emhs.org
Thu May 7 14:37:23 BST 2015

The predictable results of deregulation run amok.  Standards of medical necessity are ill-defined and self-serving.  Payers can cap their reimbursement, but patients cannot, so the burden of bad launch decisions and price gouging are borne by those least able to bear it.

Behold the obscenity of "free market influence:" providers and insurers are more beholden to CEOs and stockholders than to sick and injured patients; and we are ridiculous.

Pret Bjorn, RN
Bangor, ME USA

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From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org] On Behalf Of Robert Smith
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 3:55 PM
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Subject: Helicopter to the ER

Air Ambulances Offer A Lifeline, and Then A Sky-Hgh Bill. Peter Eavis

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/business/rescued-by-an-air-ambulance-but-stunned-at-the-sky-high-bill.html?_r=0 <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/business/rescued-by-an-air-ambulance-but-stunned-at-the-sky-high-bill.html?_r=0>

Robert F. Smith MD, MPH
Cook County Trauma (ret)

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