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 Post subject: Are ambulances covered?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:59 pm 
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My brother had a fall a few days ago at his home and the paramedics sent him over to the hospital by ambulance. He asked me last night if he was going to get a bill for the trip or would it be covered by Medicare and I honestly don't know. Anyone know about this?


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 Post subject: Re: Are ambulances covered?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:25 pm 
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It depends in part what coverage you have. The basic rule though is that they will only cover it if other transport methods would endanger your health.

You can see more here;

http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/11021.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Are ambulances covered?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:08 am 
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Just like most insurances, they will not want to pay unless you truly "need" the service. I think that this leaves a lot of grey area to be explained by the insurance providers or in this case by Medicare. I think you will be OK getting covered as long as there is an emergency for the most part though.


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 Post subject: Re: Are ambulances covered?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:10 am 
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Unless it is a life threatening injury or illness, Medicare generally won't cover the cost of the ambulance ride. I know this because my grandma got billed for an ambulance ride when she slipped and fell outside of my moms house. She only had a broken bone but Medicare didn't cover the ride.


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