How Air Ambulances (Don't) Work

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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
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Animation by Josh Sherrington
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References
[1] www.umms.org/ummc/health-services/shock-trauma/about/history
[2] www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-1059-1
[3] onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2001.tb00201.x
[4] www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0196064487801749; pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10155402/; pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12957978/; pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12217471/; pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19783323/; pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22418825/; www.researchgate.net/publication/6563423_Are_pre-hospital_time_and_emergency_department_disposition_time_useful_process_indicators_for_trauma_care_in_Italy
[5] www.amtrauma.org/page/traumalevels
[6] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402347/
[7] healthcostinstitute.org/emergency-room/air-ambulances-10-year-trends-in-costs-and-use
[8] www.gao.gov/assets/690/686167.pdf
[9] onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-0009.12464
[10] www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/business/rescued-by-an-air-ambulance-but-stunned-at-the-sky-high-bill.html?searchResultPosition=9
[11] verticalmag.com/features/surprise-medical-bills-ban-could-reshape-air-ambulance-industry/
[12] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK78049/
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  • "You can't pay the bill?" " *no* " "Then I'm gonna take back your new thing" just a joke

    Jiwoo ParkJiwoo ParkՕր առաջ
  • This is EXTREMELY dependant on the injury. As an EMT watching this, I have a lot to say about the faster being better and reasons why patients are taken to level 1 centers more. For example, if we know the patient is having a heart attack or complicated cardiology issue, we are going to send them to a place with a cath lab. These are usually only found in level 1 trauma centers. We wouldnt take them to a lesser hospital without the resources to treat them. Also, ambulances are usually private companies, just like everything else. My company provides flight services. People shop around and compare prices all the time. And yes, since medicare happened insurances don't cover flights anymore. Medics make the call to flight someone usually, and we don't fly unless we need to. Also, non profit vs profit isn't a fair comparison. One recives donations to cover funds, the other has to make profit. The 4 out of 100 thing makes no sense. Are you kidding me? Are you advocating for people to just die and that would be better? There are a few truths in here but they are very hidden with nuanced topics and rough conclusions based on strange stats.

    alli herralli herrՕր առաջ
  • You intentionally confuse economic harm with medical harm when you state that doctors violate their oath when they use an air ambulance, because only 4 of 100 are saved. Even if this rate were insignificant, the cost of care is obviously not in the scope of the oath. You also go populist and slam private equity funds for their market power, as if it is unconscionable to use it in a health care market. I do feel that the fact that the consumer is in a fight for their life makes it a bit unsavory, however. Think from the fund's perspective; it is just another good business that offers attractive ROI for their investors. And these investors are diverse: individuals, pension funds, endowments. And they're all cheering the management who had the foresight to invest in the right companies.

    Mr. LeiningerMr. Leininger2 օր առաջ
  • You clearly don't know what a market failure is, yet you state with such confidence that it is synonymous with a deviation from a competitive market, which is untrue. A market failure occurs when demand and supply agents do not execute exchanges. A market where any price is incurred is not a failure since exchanges are occurring. Clearly, it's a strange market since a doctor is a proxy demand agent, but it's not a failed one. I suppose you have consumer sensibilities that are biased towards the efficient markets hypothesis, since you inexplicably state that the price is 'too high'. However, prices are only experimental outputs of the market. Would you complain if a chemical reaction produced a molecule you didn't like? As long as exchanges are occurring, then prices have been 'discovered', and no market failure exists. It makes no difference if a doctor is responsible for the demand.

    Mr. LeiningerMr. Leininger2 օր առաջ
  • Why not just make the hospitals pay out of pocket for helicopter fairs ? If patients or insurance companies are billed without their knowledge or informed approval they have a right to sue. Insurance company’s should be able negotiate the price of the actual bill of the ride in addition to medicare from there. And maybe, through a small court of appeals, the insurance company can argue the price of a fair ? The argument must allow for there to be a justified amount for the air fair that caps off at a common market price plus evidence based adjustments for the actual investment made by the individual helicopter company. Through this court of appeals, an unbiased jury will decide if the fair makes sense or if it was in truth a predatory practice. In this way the government does not decide the air fair but instead, the wisdom of an informed common people do. If anything, if current prices are realistic and said price is to be billed by the hospital. Then Ultimately the Insurance company should take the hit and not the patient. They can raise their rates, but with proper limits on contractual agreements, a patient should eventually have every opportunity to leave that company and to move onto a better and more economical one. Thats just an idea and Im probably wrong. Yet, I believe there is still something we can do about the medical industry as a nation that does not turn the medical industry into a purely public sector like other countries. Capitalism for the win baby.

    Freedom HQFreedom HQ3 օր առաջ
  • "These 702 words..." nice touch :)

    Daniel TakawiDaniel Takawi3 օր առաջ
  • It's fucking wild how much it cost, my girlfriend had an allergic reaction to the vaccine yesterday and the bill for the ER was $700 and they gave a 10% discount for paying the same day you are there, and now we wait for the X ray bill and the blood work bill, and maybe even the EpiPen that was given at the vaccine site to stop the anaphylactic shock It's fucked up how often there is a genuine question to risk your pocket book or risk your life, usually risking your life is the more common one

    Joe OrangeJoe Orange3 օր առաջ
  • More videos exposing the medical industy please. It's run like a mafia in the US.

    Jai SinghJai Singh3 օր առաջ
  • As an Aussie, I love free healthcare, but I do believe that paid healthcare is worth it, just not the overcharging, if healthcare is going to be a business then they should have competition to keep the price down. It is really sad that there are large companies that will still take advantage of the helpless who get no other choice if they want to live

    Caleb Di BiaseCaleb Di Biase3 օր առաջ
  • It's not a "symptom of market failure". It is, like so many things, a 'symptom of government failure' . Oh Murica; Serving as the Vanguard for Western Society's March into the gaping maw of Capitalism, since 1917! 🥇

    Brandon BBrandon B4 օր առաջ
  • Dear USA friends, here on the other side of the atlantic ocean, we always discuss about several things regarding USA, and your healtcare system is one of the main topic. We are all sincerely angry when hearing about tremendous inequity regarding health, life of people, and costs for cares. I wish you that something cound change. For whos don't know how healthcare system works in Europe: all it's completely free (unless something unnecessary), and all means all, medicines, surgery, air ambulances and even transfers beetween far hospitals hoperated by the air force.

    peppe2994peppe29945 օր առաջ
  • Nationalize them by force.

    iron 13iron 135 օր առաջ
  • Love your fucking videos

    TheseYeahTheseTheseYeahThese6 օր առաջ
  • It’s time the USA nationalised its health service and funded it through tax. Imagine being a burns victim and not being able to get treatment as you don’t have insurance. Just monsterous!!

    sasha mellonsasha mellon6 օր առաջ
  • once again saying profit should not be an incentive to healthcare!!! it is such a glaring conflict of interest Jesus I hope at some point we fix the health system for real and our grandchildren will we are crazy if we tell them it was actually this bad.

    Brandon MarvelBrandon Marvel7 օր առաջ
  • why is it we close hospitals non profitable hospitals in rural areas but keep post office open... so in America getting daily mail service is more of a right than... living...

    Brandon MarvelBrandon Marvel7 օր առաջ
  • I cant wait for your video on masks, cause sooo much of this could apply to masks...

    EdwinEdwin7 օր առաջ
  • They worked in Vietnam.

    ErierCandyErierCandy8 օր առաջ
  • This is pretty sad. Kinda looked up to the pilots of air ambulances as rock stars. Kinda shattering that visual.

    Lazlow RaveLazlow Rave9 օր առաջ
  • 11:10 oh yeah I forgot we were talking about america

    JamzanJamzan9 օր առաջ
  • it's almost as if healthcare shouldn't be a market.

    Luis von RandowLuis von Randow10 օր առաջ
  • So glad I don't live in the USA

    HorrisNorrisHorrisNorris11 օր առաջ
  • I'm still over $30,000 in debt for my sky pirate bill. The car accident was not my fault in any way.

    Jesse GraasJesse Graas11 օր առաջ
  • So I must be pretty lucky, thankful and have no complaints as in my country in cass you need a helicopter to transfer you on a better equipped hospital is free. The same applies to search & rescue missions like finding a lost person on a mountain or a stupid surfer who decides to get on the sea even there's a prohibition of such activities by the authorities due to extreme weather conditions...

    Porto AlexPorto Alex12 օր առաջ
  • Just too clarify as an EMT the golden hour does make a difference for stoke patients. Those studies did not cover that. As long as they can be taken to a high level stroke center. This assumes the person had a major stroke. The comment below by Abel F. sums it up very well. I agree with the rest of you on the cost and not to encourage the bad behavior as many you mentioned already. Stroke centers.... getaheadofstroke.org/stroke-center-designations/#:~:text=Similar%20to%20how%20patients%20are,complete%20stroke%20system%20of%20care.

    givingus5givingus514 օր առաջ
  • American here, drowning in debt for several ambulance rides I took over a decade ago, one of which was across a parking lot to another wing of the hospital. $950 for that one. And I was perfectly ambulatory. I will never be able to repay them all. I think I'm gonna have my DNR tattooed on my back like in Mad Max: FR.

    Eve AdamsEve Adams15 օր առաջ
  • I wonder if this happens in Canada? 🤔

    OhWhaleOhWhale17 օր առաջ
  • Disgusting American health care system.

    K RK R22 օր առաջ
  • 14:40 what flag is that? It has far too few stars to be an American flag.

    Eastmarch2Eastmarch222 օր առաջ
  • Why do American Ambulances look so cheap, old and Janky.

    BerkanBerkan23 օր առաջ
  • I alway enjoy how the heavy Patriotic Muricas defend the failed healthcare system US has. Because in true pragmatics terms there is really no way, shape, form, argument etc to state otherwise in favor of such horrific cash cow system. The answers I usually and always get is the look at third world countries ones! Yeah that's true! But them countries don't have the GPD budged that US does.

    Raymond LGRaymond LG23 օր առաջ
  • Yeah, come have a look at england's air ambulance. American air ambulances are trash.

    JumpHitJumpHit24 օր առաջ
  • Just shows the problem isn’t capitalism it’s a lack of capitalism. This industry has no competition, that means it’s not capitalism. In this case yes, setting price ceilings would be a good thing, and it’s crazy this hasn’t been fixed. Government intervention is usually bad, but in this case bad is better than worse. A failed market that exploits people with no competition should always be stopped.

    Trey DeJesusTrey DeJesus25 օր առաջ
  • This video hits hard :(

    CautiousDavidCautiousDavid26 օր առաջ
  • The UK (and others) air ambulance system is better for a number of reasons. 1 being they are charities that work with the NHS so are free and are paid for the same as any charity: through donations. Another is the UK is MUCH smaller than the US so you can get to a major trauma center quicker.

    Xander AndersonXander Anderson26 օր առաջ
  • Hi Wendover, if you are making video specifically about USA problem, just put the "in USA" in the title. It's only 5 letters. You makes people confused. Greetings from Poland.

    Maciej DolnyMaciej Dolny29 օր առաջ
  • After seeing this, I'm so glad that air ambulance is operated by charities in my area.

    Nootushya Quaternion434JabberwockyNootushya Quaternion434Jabberwocky29 օր առաջ
  • Upload on your other channel more

    Poggers guyPoggers guyԱմիս առաջ
  • A few commentators still defend the US system as it provides choice. Outside USA, including U.K., private medical is still available but most people, comparing the two, opt for the public system.

    Pro VaxPro VaxԱմիս առաջ
  • Your videos have great content, but the way you speak makes it very difficult for me to listen. I don't know why so many people who make educational videos have to speak with an intonation like an alien robot. Do you feel it would be less interesting if you just spoke normally, the way you speak to a friend?

    Ram RachumRam RachumԱմիս առաջ
  • The recipe for every Wendover video: half interesting and half blatant US-centrism

    Tianrang BuTianrang BuԱմիս առաջ
  • Wow. That was powerful. I really am glad that I am not an American.

    Maria DąbrowskaMaria DąbrowskaԱմիս առաջ
  • Sure would be nice to be able to carry a card around indicating my choice to ever use an air ambulance if unconscious. I would say no every time. I'd rather die than pay $50,000 to some person who is already rich. Sure, call me dumb, but know that my sacrifice means potentially lower, more competitive fees for you if you ever use an air ambulance down the road.

    David TranDavid TranԱմիս առաջ
  • On top of that, an annual CuriosityStream subscription is 26% off right now, meaning a year of two great streaming sites combined is about the same cost of one fancy burger.

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  • Wendover slowly becoming a breadtuber lol

    Kai HyenaKai HyenaԱմիս առաջ
  • While I tend to agree with most statements in this video, there's a larger issue at hand. If taxpayers are to foot the bill for these services, then that would mean somebody making $10k a year can go cliff diving in rural Utah, take their Instagram/TikTok photos/clips, break a few of their limbs, get a $15k chopper ride to the hospital with another $10k surgery, and walk out the front doors, and do it all over again. Meanwhile, I'm just playing COD on my computer, making $xxx,000 per year, putting myself at significantly less risk than the Instagram-hype junky, and I have to continuously pay for his/her dangerous & negligent life-style. Same with smokers, or obese people, or drug-addicts, and so on... There does need to be profit-ceilings on certain parts of the medical industry, but socializing medicine, especially in the U.S. where people treat their bodies like rental cars, is just not a sustainable way to fix these issues.

    Chad JohnsonChad JohnsonԱմիս առաջ
  • basically. america hates poor people.

    john pardonjohn pardonԱմիս առաջ
  • Well, the study shown in 6:23 does consider the "higher numbers of preclinical measures [in Germany]" to be far more relevant than a fixed amount of time. However, one has to consider that emergency physicians in Germany often arrive by special cars only transporting them or helicopters. In both cases a timely advantage is given.

    Airbus A320-214Airbus A320-214Ամիս առաջ
  • I didn't know what a traumatic injury was, googled it and now I probably won't be able to sleep for the next week

    「CELLO KID」「CELLO KID」Ամիս առաջ
  • id say pass an ammendment to the deregulation act excluding any air vehicle that is used for medical transport. lol granted that wont happen the goverment is soooooo corrupt in lining their pockets it will take somthing massively bad to THEM to actually change anything in a reasonable ammount of time granted what bad that is could just be their family members getting this fee or this or that and slowly changing their opinions on it because yea.. im blessed my local area uses a hospital purchases helicopter. and that due to my income i lie on i get goverment coverage for my health... because that should be a basic human right and i should not have to lie on my income to get that :/ yes i pay taxes but not what i should because of the simple fact if i did i would also pay atleast 600$ a month in coverage insurance.

    DillonDillonԱմիս առաջ
  • Thank goodness I live in the UK with a National Health Service that is by no means perfect but a lot better than the American system!!!!!!!

    Mike KellyMike KellyԱմիս առաջ
  • basically every time he says right???? : ME: NO no no no no no

    Joseph ChuJoseph ChuԱմիս առաջ
  • I'm from the U.S. and I didn't even know that this B.S was going on...

    AdoubleAdoubleԱմիս առաջ
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    Thu TruongThu TruongԱմիս առաջ
  • Im sick of living in the US with the chance 3-5 years of my 12k yearly income can go out the window because of a drunk driver. Or a freak accident.

    IIsatomi3iiIIsatomi3iiԱմիս առաջ
  • Ok, so all we have to do is destroy all helicopter ambulances in a regular basis

    Jon NupeJon NupeԱմիս առաջ
  • Your videos make me sad

    starbomberstarbomberԱմիս առաջ
  • In short, air ambulances work, the problem is how much they cost.

    Just This GuyJust This GuyԱմիս առաջ
  • I'm sorry but this is really irresponsible. You've been getting more extreme the bigger you've gotten, but this crosses a line. Saying that a doctor is violating their Hippocratic Oath by making a medical decision that costs their patient money is totally incorrect and unreasonable. I understand you are mad that the financial systems around healthcare in the United States are a travesty, but taking it out on doctors is not only totally wrong for anyone to do, but for someone in your position, with the power to inform and to influence the opinion of millions of members of the public, it is unethical. This video is bad, and you should take it down, fix it, and put it back up so that people can learn about the important issues you raise without coming to believe your poorly reasoned opinions and lies disguised as opinions are facts.

    Warlord MWarlord MԱմիս առաջ
    • @Imrunningforpope they aren't violating their oath. Financial costs aren't medical harm. And even if he didn't mean for it to sound that way, it does, and that's just as bad

      Warlord MWarlord MԱմիս առաջ
    • How can you watch this video and believe he is criticizing doctors? He is saying they are FORCED to violate their Hippocratic Oath.

      ImrunningforpopeImrunningforpopeԱմիս առաջ
  • So basically a very useful and important to the consumer act was passed and a bunch of vultures exploited it. This is why laws need to be written very carefully. I support free markets in 99% of cases, but this is a clear market and regulatory failure and these monsters need to be stopped.

    James DiniusJames DiniusԱմիս առաջ
  • To everyone saying this is an example of the failure of the US medical system you are missing a key point. This is a failure of the AVIATION INDUSTRY not the medical industry. It's an aviation regulation that causes this. Dosn't mean there shouldn't be legal changes, but there is literally nothing the medical industry can do beyond lobbying for that change.

    James DiniusJames DiniusԱմիս առաջ
  • 5:15 What if I shoot the author of this paper 2 times to the back twice, but - 1) I leave him to bleed out for about 50 minutes, then taxi him to hospital using helicopter which say, takes about 20 minute to get to operating table. 2) I toss him to helicopter ASAP and put him on surgery which takes 20 minutes. I wonder what scenario would be better for this person?

    KopaZKopaZԱմիս առաջ
  • The problem is not really the market, it's that they can charge you for something they've done without consent, it should really be a public service so this isn't a problem ffs

    DoppDoppԱմիս առաջ
  • Air ambulances dont work in America. Alot of things do not work in America like their railway and their measuring system

    fat pig 789fat pig 789Ամիս առաջ
  • Imagine being in a helicopter accident only to be immediately carried by another helicopter.

    Joseph ParkJoseph ParkԱմիս առաջ
  • the three studies you cited, one you did not cite the remainder of the quote " The time factor involved in managing and transporting hypotensive penetrating injury victims directly to a regional trauma center does not appear to be related to an adverse outcome, at least during the first hour after injury. second did not refute the golden hour it just moved the goalpost. third did not even mention the golden hour, it just mentioned an 8 minute window. couldn't you have chosen better examples of your claim?

    Shane PowellShane PowellԱմիս առաջ
  • the hospitals in nyc r so profitable, they store morphine in fifty-gallon drums

    RJ LRJ LԱմիս առաջ
  • America is just the shittiest country lo live in the all world.

    derrickfencerderrickfencerԱմիս առաջ
  • Basically as an American let me sum up this video. Lawyers and frivolous lawsuits make doctors at lower level hospitals terrified of being sued for messing up so they send patients off to a higher level hospitals even though they could've taken care of it easily. Evil private equity assholes decide they want to make an amazing profit off of somebody's misfortune and so they take advantage of that and bill out the ass for their "services". Then a dedicated lobbying arm funnels money to Senators and Congressman to make sure that the cash cow keeps producing completely unregulated. Almost all of America's problems could be solved by murdering lobbyists, private equity douchebags, and most lawyers.

    Trevor DoyleTrevor DoyleԱմիս առաջ
  • And all these extra profits certainly aren't going to the pilots or paramedics doing the actual life saving work.

    Teddy CourtneyTeddy CourtneyԱմիս առաջ
  • It's beyond disgusting that rich private investors are just allowed to profit off of innocent random people getting gravely injured. In the U.K. rail lines literally run empty trains to/from rural areas just because they're too lazy to file the paperwork to close the lines

    MollyMollyԱմիս առաջ
  • Here in Brazil public healthcare is and always has been in a sad, awful state, most of its funding goes to corruption. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a *single* Brazilian that isn't glad it exists.

    Führer des BenutzersFührer des BenutzersԱմիս առաջ
  • In Germany the massive majority of air ambulance missions consist of getting an emergency doctor to the scene not transporting patients. We use a rendevous system that has the actual doctors riding in separate vehicles and helicopters. Allows for more ambulances to cover minor injuries and first aid while not needing an equal amount of fully trained doctors.

    ArchoncommandoArchoncommandoԱմիս առաջ
  • 15:59 Contradiction, you said up to $40000 but at the said timestamp, it was 50000 dollars.

    Lydia WeaverLydia WeaverԱմիս առաջ
  • A friend’s bill after transferred to the US from Saudi Arabia to get treated for a year with all expenses included is $ 0.0 We call it “Therapeutic trips” and the government takes care of housing, flights, medical expenses and gives a monthly salary for those patients in addition. Any Saudi citizen can get the same, if they choose not to be treated in Saudi Arabia for some reason, or if their doctor recommends it. Also, no insurance is required since the government already pays for one.

    AzizAzizԱմիս առաջ
  • There's no mention of how much of this debt is actually paid out. When you go to the hospital without insurance, you'll get a crazy bill, but that's due to price manipulation from overuse of insurance; no one actually pays the full amount. If the without the price incentives, we'd have fewer helicopters in service, then I prefer saving lives first and figuring out finances later.

    JoshJoshԱմիս առաջ
  • I'm amazed at how much people here discuss this as a failure of decentralised healthcare. This is an economic question, before anything. It's a market failure, indeed, where the mechanisms of free-markets have failed to drop prices. But before we judge too quickly, we must consider: i. Airlines deregulation made the American Market unbelievably healthy and alive, unlike that of Europe or anywhere else on the planet. ii. Why the assumption that air-ambulances fall under the umbrella of airlines???? Last time I checked, the two agents (players) had to be conscious for any transaction to take place (u cannot force someone into an aeroplane, they have to consent to it.) In the sense of point ii, we cannot consider air-ambulances to be a subclass of airlines at the first place (e.g. ambulances don't fall under the umbrella of taxicab regulations & hospitals are not hotels.) So, a possible addressing to the problem would be: "Why are air-ambulances considered by federal law to be airlines if the agents in consideration are not the same?" A possible solution would be to explicitly exclude it from the Act, but not to mandate a nationwide universal healthcare system. It is imperative that individuals have the right to manifest their own destiny and die of cancer if they wish to. A better proposal would be an optional nationally-organised system that give the public the ability to choose, and also compete with the unregulated market of pharmaceuticals. Cheers.

    Ahmad Al ArabyAhmad Al ArabyԱմիս առաջ
  • Look up SMURD on wikipedia. That's how it's done.

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  • USA: So yeah, life is priceless and all of that, but we also like Aircraft Carriers and you know. Nothing is free

    J RotelaJ RotelaԱմիս առաջ
  • In the uk its a mix of chairty nhs navy and raf coastguard that provides the service

    Sean McneillSean McneillԱմիս առաջ
  • Welcome to another episode of "Reason #2268 why USA is the 3rd world country".

    NerteNerteԱմիս առաջ
  • After my cousin became a EMT and two 911 calls for an ambulance for my sister, the entire things is fucked

    PhixiqPhixiqԱմիս առաջ
  • No, libertarians would not agree.

    Chaim FChaim FԱմիս առաջ
  • USA Healthcare is just barbaric man. This is just a perfect example of it.

    CinqL80CinqL80Ամիս առաջ
  • Amazing well done and researched

    RyanRyanԱմիս առաջ
  • The British Air Ambulances work very well 9:35 Is my Air Ambulance

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  • I’m not disputing the mortality rates. I haven’t done the research, but I will say I have family in eastern Washington. Their hospital is pretty good, but when they’ve had severe problems (unfortunately common) they needed to go to Seattle. In several cases it would have been at a minimum excruciating for them to take an ambulance that distance. I think it provides a valuable function even if overused.

    Joel GreyJoel GreyԱմիս առաջ
  • The US is fucked when it comes to health. In Australia for $130ish per year you get unlimited full ambulance cover. 👁👄👁

    rubesrubesԱմիս առաջ
  • Ayyyooo shout out to St.Marys in grand junction. Nice to see my home get a shout out. Still a shitty city tho.

    Zach MatthewsZach MatthewsԱմիս առաջ
  • An important note about why airline prices went down after the 1978 act: prior to this, there was actually a price floor for airline tickets. Airlines had to charge customers a minimum, because it was worried that a completely free market would lead to a spiral to the bottom. Airlines would be forced to cut costs as much as possible, especially when it comes to safety, either that or go out of business against less scrupulous airlines. It wasn't that the deregulation itself caused a drop in prices, it was that one of those regulations physically stated that "tickets cannot cost less than this." Airlines are still heavily regulated by the FAA, which is why they are still so safe. So safe in fact, that an engine failure that did not hurt or kill anyone, and did not result in a crash, made international news.

    Matthew SmithMatthew SmithԱմիս առաջ
  • "There is nothing stopping this industry from charging higher and higher rates." Not quite true: visibility/awareness might help. Thank you, Wendover, for raising awareness of this important problem.

    Dana DiederichDana DiederichԱմիս առաջ
  • as a British citizen. this is just disgusting. as an investor... jk.

    Joshua BrownJoshua BrownԱմիս առաջ
  • Yet another story about how fucked the USA is...

    ShianShianԱմիս առաջ
  • "Unprofitable hospitals" Ah yes, because human lives at risk are a business not a right. amurika

    DrDewottDrDewottԱմիս առաջ
  • Medical Hospitals work and do it well, it’s America that doesn’t. Father was charged barely 100 thousand dollars before insurance. It’s absurd what they want to charge for a service that is so essential to have.

    Eduardo RamirezEduardo RamirezԱմիս առաջ
  • Change your title dude. THE US DOESN'T WORK. It's the same damn thing every single time. Half of the issues you cover are caused by your inept, corrupt government NOT the technology.

    MenwithHillMenwithHillԱմիս առաջ
  • Air ambulances are all charities in the UK, funded by public/gov donations. No bills. Come on America, get your game together.

    Robin CrossRobin CrossԱմիս առաջ
  • The UK could fly me from Scotland to London, Perform brain surgery and give me rehab and therapy and it would cost: £0..... love the NHS🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

    Lewis CLewis CԱմիս առաջ
  • 6:43 “The entire *American* air ambulance network” Shows footage of an Ambulance Victoria HEMS Air Ambulance from Victoria, Australia.

    James DawesJames DawesԱմիս առաջ
  • Which one of you rich people are gonna start a budget air ambulance company?

    Zach PZach PԱմիս առաջ
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