On May 10 at the Modesto Airport Appreciation Day, a stunt pilot crashed in an unfortunate accident. One thing that struck me was that the pilot was flown to Memorial Medical Center, which about 3.5 miles away. Is it necessary to airlift someone three miles when putting him in an ambulance and driving him may have taken less time?
This is not the first time that I read a story outlining the same situation. Another was an accident on Highway 99 north of Briggsmore Avenue where the patient was airlifted to a Modesto emergency room. I am sure that the ride in the helicopter cost considerably more than a ride in an ambulance. Do the insurance companies ever look at the cost of the transportation and question why it was required to fly rather than drive?
I understand the need for the emergency helicopters. I am sure they have saved hundreds of lives due to their ability to whisk a patient from a remote location to one of our excellent emergency rooms, or to the Bay Area to a hospital specializing in a particular injury. It just seems a little over the top to fly three miles when an ambulance would do the job.
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