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Flight of fancy: private air ambulances

18 December

Air ambulances may save lives of critical trauma patients, but the cost can be enormous. Physician Dr Zubin Damania claims private air ambulances in the US are overcharging for their services. He says on one call; seven private companies arrived at an accident scene as there is so much competition for the lucrative business. Air ambulances are not covered by US health insurance, and fees can be as much as $600,000.