How Air Ambulances (Don't) Work

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  1. Brian Schwarm

    Brian Schwarm49 daqiqa oldin

    Lol capitalism and its profit motive doesn’t lower prices, especially when monopoly exists and especially when it’s in healthcare.

  2. Doug DeKuiper

    Doug DeKuiper15 soat oldin

    Municipal’s should be taking over.

  3. Andrew overland

    Andrew overland16 soat oldin

    Thank god for the NHS in the UK 🇬🇧. Helicopter from scene to trauma centre simple and zero cost to the patient.

  4. Jasmixd

    JasmixdKun oldin

    God dammit America. Why you gotta be different in all the wrong things?

  5. Sean

    SeanKun oldin

    Wow. Fascinating video.

  6. Jesse D.

    Jesse D.Kun oldin

    I worked for an air ambulance company for a while. A moderate sized one, 5 aircraft and and 5 ground units that basically were set up just like the aircraft and could run in conjunction with the aircraft and when weather was bad. For the most part we were busy. This video was very well done. I know by saying this I’m going to catch flak, but I fully believe that there shouldn’t be any private air ambulance companies in the US. Metro Aviation is one of the LARGEST private Part 135 certificate holder in the country with bases and “companies” all over the US and they’re just pulling in money hand over fist. There needs to be more reform and more legislation that makes these certificate holders not able to be such a monopoly.

  7. Ryan Holmes

    Ryan HolmesKun oldin

    How can you be forced to pay for it? You can't enter a contract under those conditions. A person can't paint your house and hand you a bill without your knowledge. How can you be forced to receive services and pay for them. Sounds like an easy case to argue in court.🤔

  8. John Alexander

    John AlexanderKun oldin

    UZnick has recommended several of your video lately, and I've watched them, but they've always just felt a tiny bit off. I've never been able to put my finger on it... until this video. This video exposes it. Cheers, I'm outta here.

  9. Dobie Dude

    Dobie Dude2 kun oldin

    I worked in air medical for 30 years as a mechanic. One day we get a call that one of our helicopters was damaged 40 miles out of town. We arrived and got the whole story. At an RV park in BFE an old guy was dying of cancer. Had a few weeks left. He shot himself in the head. But he still had a pulse, so send a helicopter to save him. While on scene and running , an ambulance drove under the turning rotor. Contacting, blades damaged. It can’t fly. So send another helicopter. Took 30 minutes to get there. So I got on our spare helicopter and flew out there. My job was to start removing the main rotor blades and the tail rotor. A crane and flatbed trailer were on their way. All this for what?

  10. Saru EMS Education

    Saru EMS Education2 kun oldin

    6:03 the 8 min RT means launch time. Meaning we have 8 mins to run to the helicopter then load equipment, startup, run up and then launch on a mission. That's what the article meant. I agree with all this. We go....but don't RUN. Crews freaking out and trying to move as fast as possible...will cause accidents. I would say about 80% of calls are from ICU to ICU. About 20% of overall calls today are "scene" calls to ERs. The patients are stable...but the doctor will choose an air ambulance over a ground ambulance from ICU to ICU because the air crews have higher training than a ground ambulance. ALSO, this video is all about ONE company in the USA. ... Air Methods...they own most air ambulances you see.

  11. Simon Seis

    Simon Seis2 kun oldin

    My friend was on the back of a quad bike, a car pulled out of a junction and the quad bike couldn't stop. She was thrown over the driver, over the handle bars, over the car and landed about 30ft away, if it wasn't for an air ambluance she'd be dead. So go on, tell me how they don't work.

  12. Inconnu 49

    Inconnu 49Kun oldin

    Rewatch the video. You are hyperventilating over nothing!!

  13. Scott Miskowiak

    Scott Miskowiak2 kun oldin

    The problem isn't just with air ambulances though when it comes to ambulance care. It's actually with the whole emergency transport system. An elderly person who lives less than 1 mile away from the hospital will be charged over $2,000 if the ambulance needs to come pick them up due to a fall. Meaning no life saving treatment, just the medics putting them on a stretcher and taking them to the hospital. I personally was in a car accident once. I got in the ambulance under my own power and the only treatment the medic actually gave me was putting a C collar on my neck. The cost of the ride was over $2,000. The fact of the matter is that you have two choices when it comes to emergency medical transport. You can either pay the extremely high price, or you can lose your life. In instances where you're knocked out, the choice is made for you.

  14. Autodidactic Artisan

    Autodidactic Artisan2 kun oldin

    I refused to be taken in the ambulance when I had my motorcycle accident but even though my friend was there ready to take me to the hospital the police officers wouldnt let him pick me up and take me. So I had a 2200 bill for a service I refused. I Don't make much and it took every cent I made that didnt get spent on essentials like rent and food for 7 months to pay off. Seven month of money I would have otherwise been able to save up or buy a car with. Because I was so broke I had to keep riding my other motorcycle to work for another year even though it was scary. I just couldnt afford to buy a car. My humorous shattered into an uncountable large number of pieces but the worst pain I felt was financial

  15. FF71

    FF712 kun oldin

    I haven't watched the video fully, but I find a number of mistakes. Let's first start by your very quick skim over a few studies. You did not present what the actual goal of the study was and how their measurements were taken. Reading only the conclusion may imply points the study itself never made. Also you fail to consider how rare trauma cases are that truly are time critical. Due to modern safety features in cars etc. even powerful crashes may result in badly, but not critically injured patients. Next is your description of the transfer from level to level of trauma centers. It is oftentimes quite the opposite. The more critical a patient is the more likely he'll be transported to the nearest rather than the most advanced hospital for damage control surgery. If I had a badly mangled up but stable patient on the I whateveritwas and I was in a helo, I'd go straight to a high level trauma center. If he's mangled up and actively attempting to leave this world, then I'd race to Moab for them to cut him open here and now. TLDR: complex ≠ critical, big trauma centers get complex, not critical cases.

  16. Kacper Czerwiński

    Kacper Czerwiński3 kun oldin

    laughing in european

  17. penny for your thots

    penny for your thots3 kun oldin

    We can put a price on human life, according the the US, and it's the cost to maintain a rural hospital, or a single ambulance ride.

  18. Peter Byykkonen

    Peter Byykkonen4 kun oldin

    It's almost as if privatizing the healthcare system is a bad idea.

  19. Slant Alpha Adventures

    Slant Alpha Adventures5 kun oldin

    Makes video skewering the US Air Ambulance network Vast majority of video footage is of non-US Air Ambulances

  20. Slant Alpha Adventures

    Slant Alpha Adventures5 kun oldin

    University of Maryland Medical Center is nowhere near the "sprawling" campus in College Park, FYI -- it's in downtown Baltimore, about 30 miles up the road

  21. st05002125

    st050021256 kun oldin

    A bit unfair putting images of British air ambulances on here, all are charity funded. And in the case of the Wales Air Ambulance, the decision to allocate is a clinical one based on those requiring critical care on scene, made by a critical care practitioner who also considers if allocation provides a time benefit over road transport to the nearest ED, WAA also provides an elevated level of care with physician level care provided on scene. All this free at the point of access to whoever needs it!!

  22. George Triadafillou

    George Triadafillou6 kun oldin

    14:58 Wow that’s fucked up :(

  23. DAP

    DAP7 kun oldin

    Where I’m from an air ambulance costs usually $60,000

  24. IOUaUsername

    IOUaUsername7 kun oldin

    If this happens to you and your life is effectively destroyed, you CAN avoid homelessness and starvation by instead going to jail for sneaking onto a hospital roof and pushing a helicopter off the side of the helipad. They weigh less than a hatchback and are very easy to push once you take the brakes off. Plus the doors usually don't lock. If enough people do this, there will be no profit incentive in destroying lives and the problem will be remedied.

  25. Ryan Scott

    Ryan Scott7 kun oldin

    Where's the call to action?

  26. Lucas Retallack

    Lucas Retallack8 kun oldin

    Why tf are air ambulances operated by private businesses in america anyway? If the government just operated them, then it doesn't mean they have to make it free, but then they can just charge the bare minimum without having to make a profit.

  27. Matt Crosby

    Matt Crosby8 kun oldin

    Wow, after this 22 minute video, I have become more informed, changed my outlook on life, and deeply desire the government to become more involved in healthcare. Not only that, but I plan on viciously attacking anyone that disagrees or even questions my new found beliefs while simultaneously stubbornly refusing to give any consideration to any other source of material that isn't a droning voice over of stock footage. Fuck capitalism! Satire aside, how were those "academic" studies able to assess divergent outcomes? Where were they getting example cases that exceeded the time limit (the 60 minute window)? If the study is like "we examined cases wherein patient group A took 10 minutes to get to trauma care, B took 30 minutes, and the control took 20 minutes," I'm not surprised they got inconclusive data. Also, Wendover, are you going to release an updated version of your How To Stop A Riot video with all the collected data from the spicy sit-ins from 2020?

  28. Ed Stockman

    Ed Stockman8 kun oldin

    Army Medic here, and it's really interesting to see the 'outside looking in' perspectives. I've worked clinical, transport, logistics, and of course the on-site injuries, so it's always intriguing to see what outsiders think of how we operate. Second note, the logistics noted here are really about the US emergency medical system. Not just the money trail/costs, but the actual transport reasons/setup. The emergency protocols aren't the same everywhere. During my time working in Europe, I learned that they often prefer to treat on site of injury/accident rather than transport ASAP. Trauma doctors are often on call with ambulances, and will come straight out to work the situation on the ground.

  29. Thorsten Deal

    Thorsten Deal9 kun oldin

    I live in the UK and I genuinely cannot fathom the American health care system people’s lives should not have a price tag and people certainly shouldn’t be pushed into poverty for the privilege of not dying

  30. Garrett Jones

    Garrett Jones9 kun oldin

    I’m getting “don’t airlift me” tattooed on my neck

  31. Craig Butler

    Craig Butler9 kun oldin

    Having loose finance regulation for a human right such as health care is just plain greed. Personally I don't have a problem paying higher taxes towards free health care, I couldn't imagine the mental well-being of a recovered patient slapped with a massive medical bill they could never afford. At least with most bills you can stop paying and stop receiving the service, but you can't jump out of an ambulance

  32. Jack RoyalTea

    Jack RoyalTea10 kun oldin

    Greed is truly our ugliest sin. I’m an atheist and I think it’s sickening and yet you have these Christian Capitalists putting a dollar amount on people’s lives. I hope god is real. I hope he’ll is real. Cause heaven for me would be being down there for being a good person and an nonbeliever watching these greedy fuckers burn with me. It’d be worth it.

  33. Jellohouse

    Jellohouse10 kun oldin

    His last few sentences roasted the shit out of Americas HC system

  34. MINROK S

    MINROK S10 kun oldin

    Sounds like an American probelm.

  35. John C

    John C10 kun oldin

    Well done, thank you for bringing attention to this important topic

  36. Joao Ricardo Santos

    Joao Ricardo Santos10 kun oldin

    Failing to fix flawed regulation from decades or centuries ago that no longer fill their original purpose... name something more American than that

  37. SquirtlePWN

    SquirtlePWN11 kun oldin

    And people think the government could run the whole industry. Congress is a circus.

  38. nico heidenreich

    nico heidenreich11 kun oldin

    I’ve been the patient in the air ambulance. In my case it was directly from the scene to a near by hospital. It was a SAR case. I am Canadian and still I was sent a bill from 2000$. But I’m not complaining it was money well spent. Unfortunately I have no memories of the event.

  39. Inconnu 49

    Inconnu 4922 soat oldin

    Im glad you are doing well, but why wasnt it free for you? Like everyone else has pointed out, were you consulted beforehand that you would need to be moved and at what expense? were you allowed to sign a contract indemnifying yourself? And when EVERYTHING else in your system is free*( dental & eye care and others). Why would you be expected to pay that bill? I am being a bit facetious. My ex wife is Canadian. She has lived in every western province, so i am a bit familiar with the trials & travails of the health service there. In fact, when my ex immigrated to the US, she had been taken a medication for a mental health ailment prescribed at a large university hospital in the prairies. When she tried to get that medication here, our health pros were SHOCKED! that medication hadnt been prescribed in the US for almost 30 yrs! Obviously she couldnt get it, but she responded better to the newer medication prescribed in the US, so it worked out!

  40. Trysten Mawn

    Trysten Mawn11 kun oldin

    For everyone saying that the American healthcare system is fucked, I would say simply "there is no such thing as a free lunch". Speaking as an EMT, EMTs, paramedics, and especially helicopter pilots and flight nurses do not want to and most likely will not work for free. So the money that pays them has to come from somewhere. Free healthcare isn't free, you'll see a rise in taxes, or if you have free healthcare, you already have that rise in taxes. While I agree that free healthcare would be great, it wouldn't really be free, and I would rather have the money taken from my paycheck be kept for myself. Also, air ambulances are expensive, which you would expect from flying in a helicopter. It sucks, but there's not a lot we can do about it. I know there are people who will say "tax the rich", and while I agree, that's more difficult than it sounds without overthrowing the government.

  41. Samuel Hartman

    Samuel Hartman11 kun oldin

    18:33 highway accidents into highway robbery! Disgraceful

  42. Lawyer 3176

    Lawyer 317611 kun oldin

    Isn’t this price gouging

  43. Thriving Anarchy

    Thriving Anarchy11 kun oldin

    Wow this comment section is terrible lol. It's just a circlejerk with no one actually talking about the video lol

  44. Gordon More

    Gordon More11 kun oldin

    Truma Units closed cause they are profitable... lol... America

  45. Michelle Mooney

    Michelle Mooney11 kun oldin

    In UK i saw a motorbike crash within portchester, air ambulance came within 3 minutes and stabilized them rapidly, they do work (and for free)

  46. Appalachian Enthusiast

    Appalachian Enthusiast12 kun oldin

    If I were to own an Air Ambulance service, I would only charge 15-20% more than the operating cost of each flight, and a vast majority of the profit would go toward better equipment.

  47. BackBarrel6

    BackBarrel612 kun oldin

    19:52 that is an image of a romanian helicopter, where we don't pay 50k for a weewoo ride

  48. Felix Tsang

    Felix Tsang13 kun oldin

    Air ambulance should be free or very cheap. Exploring other while they’re vulnerable is a dishonorable act of greed.

  49. Hysteresis

    Hysteresis13 kun oldin

    As a physician, I just want to correct a misstatement made by Wendover - most decisions made to transfer a patient to higher or lower trauma center are made by the nursing supervisor. The decision is occasionally made by surgeons or specialists when equipment or specialties or not available, but typically the decision is made by hospital administration that controls the staffing levels. This is almost always a RN who has many years of experience. And while RNs don't have the Hippocratic oath, they share the same ethos as entire medical team (from physician all the way down to LVN, medical assistant and radiology techs). So whoever is in that supervisor role has to pit the hospital's needs against the patient's needs at times - typically those orders come down from a CEO who has an MBA - you know which way that goes - market forces and all.

  50. adrean tejed

    adrean tejed14 kun oldin

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  51. Colton

    Colton14 kun oldin

    maybe it's time for a new form of government.

  52. adam Ka

    adam Ka14 kun oldin

    Europeans feeling rlly smug right now 😏😏

  53. Karin Foster

    Karin Foster15 kun oldin

    The joyous vietnam ultrascructurally improve because beggar successively alert unlike a striped palm. tiny, handsome fir

  54. Morphyne_Cowboy

    Morphyne_Cowboy15 kun oldin

    I'm a flight medic. Have been going on nearly 8 years. This video made good arguments. This video made bad arguments. I have nothing to do with billing. What I do know is when we get the word we are wheels up to the unknown. What I do know is that our equipment is expensive and always needing to be upgraded in order to properly care for the critical. We risk a lot every time we are wheels up. We do perform a majority of inter facility transfers. This is to ensure the patient is receiving the best care. This could also be for a patient that is walkie talkie and only needs a lift. I definitely don't have the answers. What I do know is that healthcare cost money. Innovative healthcare, breakthrough treatment protocols and advancing technology cost money. We also need to remember that profit is not a bad word and that private companies in healthcare doesn't mean it's bad for the patient or the system.

  55. Indirect Gaming

    Indirect Gaming16 kun oldin

    If there’s no profit to be made there’s no incentive to do a good job, quality drops significantly when you have the government socialize it. Why do you think all of the best doctors, best surgeons, best medical schools, and the worst injuries are almost always transferred here. If the medical institutions had no competition, America wouldn’t have made most of the worlds major medical breakthroughs. Everyone’s only worried about the price tag. I do think there should be a base level of insurance available for everyone because I know people struggle to pay for medical insurance, which also makes no sense since if you have a full time job the employer is legally required to offer you a health insurance plan. My point: I’m not supposed to a free or reasonable insurance available for everyone, but I am supposed to *socialized* healthcare. There’s a reason America is on top. In terms of results, not cost.

  56. Indirect Gaming

    Indirect Gaming16 kun oldin

    I mean, it ain’t free. So why should it be?

  57. Gabriel Gonzalez

    Gabriel Gonzalez16 kun oldin

    I’m a flight nurse in Texas and I hate how the industry operates and wish it was government run. No one should go broke because of medical bills in my opinion. I would like to add some things you left out. Air ambulance crew are usually the most advanced providers on the scene of an accident and have capabilities that can help improve outcomes. For example, we have blood, a ventilator, and medicine pumps. Not all ground crews have these capabilities. Also I’d like to point out that some low level trauma hospitals do not have ICUs, they require immediate transport for their trauma patients. The hospital next to my base is a level 4 and does not have an ICU and the doctors will call us to help with the resuscitation. On a positive note, while it is not always the case, the county I work in covers the cost of the flights for their residence. Lastly, Air ambulances do more than trauma, I fly stroke and heart attack patients to comprehensive facilities all the time. These are mixed to, some are scene flights and some are Interfacility. This video is well made but leaves out a big part of what air ambulances do and that is non trauma medical flights. A lot of rural hospitals do not have cath labs or neurosurgical capabilities for clot retrieval on a stroke patient, these are extremely time dependent medical issues.

  58. Ahmed Abduljalil

    Ahmed Abduljalil16 kun oldin

    there are essentially three type of trauma patients with relatively different outcomes. type 1:patients who sustain immediately life incompatable traumatic injuries such as decapitation or large open skull fractures with gross damage to brain structures. These patient unfortunately can not be saved and might only be transported to a hospital to be pronounced dead on arrival. Type 2: patient with significant traumatic injuries that are life threatening with a window period where immediate action needs and must be taken to preserve life such as penetrating chest injuries, penetrating abdominal injuries, axial skeleton fractures or limb fractures with risk of major blood loss. These are the time sensitive patients that needs to be transferred to the nearest emergency center with emergency medicine physicians where immediate corrective action can be taken to preserve life. Type3: patient who sustained significant trauma but no immediately life threatening condition exists. However many of which are likely to die within the few coming days as a result of trauma related infections or multi organ failure. Such patient need to be relocated to higher trauma centers with continuous care to provide the best supportive care possible in order to preserve life.

  59. Pat T.

    Pat T.16 kun oldin

    Air ambulances save lives. It is an hour drive to the closest trauma center in parts of the county I work in. Without our air ambulances these patients dont stand a chance

  60. Default Cube

    Default Cube16 kun oldin

    America is horrid. To save your life, someone else decides you need a transfer by air. Here is a 40k bill, glad you lived pay us now. Disgusting.

  61. Zack Jenkins

    Zack Jenkins17 kun oldin

    I work in emergency services and while a lot of air transport could have been skipped I think this is overall a bad take on it. I know from first hand experience that it saves lives especially when it's staged ahead of time during a dynamic situation involving gun violence. Love the channel, just wanted to toss my $0.02 in.

  62. ALWIL

    ALWIL17 kun oldin

    I feel bad for u Americans having to pay for healthcare i love the NHS

  63. La brillante Luz

    La brillante Luz18 kun oldin

    Please subtitles in other languages

  64. Tom Dixon

    Tom Dixon19 kun oldin

    I think air ambulances are a scam due to the price AND that they fail to meet the golden hour. Ground ambulances are not far behind with cavalier attitudes sabotaging rapid stabilization and movement.

  65. Markus P

    Markus P19 kun oldin

    As a european I'm always shocked when I watch or read things about the American health care system. It's absolutely insane HOW fu**ed up the system is. Our's is by no means perfect, don't get me wrong. But when you need to go to a hospital or a doctor, you usually not even have think about how much it will cost, because usually it wont. Amaricans, force your politicians to fix that s**t!

  66. Dennis Mayfield

    Dennis Mayfield20 kun oldin

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  67. Ben Anderson

    Ben Anderson20 kun oldin

    Imagine having to comparison shop when you break your arms.

  68. Suddhojit Gon

    Suddhojit Gon20 kun oldin

    Great video.

  69. Synchros Entity

    Synchros Entity20 kun oldin

    I only just realized that Wendover productions and Half as interesting are run by the same person smh 🤣

  70. Dennis 2

    Dennis 221 kun oldin

    What a scam. :)

  71. Jenna Reel

    Jenna Reel21 kun oldin

    This makes me so mad. Just leave me to die lol

  72. Ben Seiken

    Ben Seiken21 kun oldin

    I know it’s not the focus of this video, but why did you give doctors a pass on this? We know that doctors receive kickbacks and other incentives from the pharma and medical device industries. Is there a possibility that the private equity firms you mention could be giving similar incentives to either doctors directly or the hospitals they work at to increase the number of unnecessary flights?

  73. Thing Epic man

    Thing Epic man21 kun oldin

    At least you get a free flight and might enjoy the view if you don’t get knocked out or if they don’t let you

  74. Giulio Siepi

    Giulio Siepi22 kun oldin

    ehang

  75. sammybee

    sammybee24 kun oldin

    Australian ambulances including ambulances ambulances can only charge maximum $6157 but most of the time it’s free

  76. pillsburied

    pillsburied24 kun oldin

    Bizarre. Air ambulances are airlines. Where I am, air ambulances are a part of the ambulance service.

  77. Ananth S

    Ananth S25 kun oldin

    right?

  78. nanna scheel

    nanna scheel25 kun oldin

    This makes me so fucking sad, my dudes

  79. kyle fleming

    kyle fleming25 kun oldin

    That’s it I’m buying an air ambulance

  80. RellyOhBoy

    RellyOhBoy27 kun oldin

    Only in the United Corporation of America would a hospital close for being "unprofitable."

  81. Pascal Rombout

    Pascal Rombout29 kun oldin

    It's good to live in a civilized country like the Netherlands.

  82. Wicket the Ewok

    Wicket the EwokOy oldin

    Yay free healthcare

  83. Steven Jennings

    Steven JenningsOy oldin

    For those who complain about the American system don't see the millions of non Americans who come to the US for healthcare. There's no wait time for procedures here as opposed to many systems around the world. Unfortunately,💰this is the key factor. But, how much is your life worth???

  84. SOVIET

    SOVIETOy oldin

    I live in rural Missouri and I for my level two hospital we have a Air ambulance but the its name is Life flight or MedEvac and to point out that the names are different than what you thing Life Flight is a normal person get air lifted form the call and trans ported to a level 3-4 hospital now if they need a level 5 they then will be ground transported once they are stable enough but on the other hand MedEvac is a survival flight meaning that the patient is close to death and they need a hospital asap and then that's when your quickly assessed and put in the helicopter and for my home town hospital it cost 60.550$ once left the helipad including the landing on the call and the trans port to hospital so its more like $85.550-$95.550 now for the ground ambulance its about $23.000 or more as we don't have but one ALS but we have more BLS ambulances and we have a hospital that does not do good with trauma or cardiac related problems such as hart attack and that's when the helicopter steps in and I studied how many times a day it flew out and its average flights a day is 65 times in one day now at night its only 45 flights so yea. -that's my huge ramble

  85. mark smith

    mark smithOy oldin

    My dream is to have enough money to go live in my familys west Texas county maybe a bull ranch with enough money to afford and maintain a bell helicopter to run rescue/ambulance service for free. And by that time my cousin being in law enforcement in a big city long enough to come back to his hometown and be elected Sheriff to help on that end.

  86. Drima Chakraborty

    Drima ChakrabortyOy oldin

    America: so you don't deserve the basic facets of life unless you can pay

  87. Ken Sullivan

    Ken SullivanOy oldin

    Very misguided video. It's like saying most people who wear a seatbelt don't use them (no crash) so they aren't really needed. It's a number game, playing the odds. If you are hurt, the sooner you can get a better assessment, and then treatment, the odds favor a more positive outcome. Period.

  88. joshua kotei

    joshua koteiOy oldin

    Laughs in Europe

  89. M N

    M NOy oldin

    In Poland all air ambulanes (as far as I know) are state-owned. So they have no interest in rising prices.

  90. Will Scanlon

    Will ScanlonOy oldin

    USA healthcare system is unacceptable. We’re the laughing stock of the world.

  91. hiding

    hidingOy oldin

    alterative title: Episode #56 on why the US is a failing country

  92. hiding

    hidingOy oldin

    20:11, debt doesn't transfer downwards like that, if its their spouse thats one thing (and there is legal ways to get out of that debt) but if your parent dies, you are in no way responsible for their debt, if anyone tells you differently they are wrong/ trying to scam you

  93. hiding

    hidingOy oldin

    SO basically if you were "saved" by an air ambulance, you need to fake your own death and start a new life since that would actually be cheaper alterative you can just not pay it (they cant arrest you for debt that's healthcare-related) but that's always a risk either way, don't pay it, if few people pay it they will eventually look to governments help to stay aloft and then they can be regulated

  94. Mango

    MangoOy oldin

    Hai

  95. akselj2

    akselj2Oy oldin

    Wendover, this is USA-specific. The Rega (Swiss Air Ambulance) is definitely among the best. There was a case where they flew a taiwanese woman from London back to Taiwan with no costs. Seriously, you should've mentioned this is seriously USA.

  96. Flint 25

    Flint 25Oy oldin

    2:58 damn that T-Mobile coverage map is impressive.

  97. 2prize

    2prizeOy oldin

    *laughs in free healthcare*

  98. Isolation

    IsolationOy oldin

    Here in Australia Air ambulance's are free in most states. States, where it's not free, will charge you no more than $1200 AUD, ground ambulances are $600-$1,000 ish AUD and 99% of medical treatment at hospitals including major, moderate and basic surgeries, visits to the ER, and going to the doctors is free.

  99. AJdeMan

    AJdeManOy oldin

    Thanks for the investment tip

  100. MineWit

    MineWitOy oldin

    Even if the golden hour principle is false, Blood loss still can be affected by time, more liters of blood could be lost. Almost everywhere in medicine, it screams "faster = better", because it is. Diagnosis, treatment, hell, even vaccinations account for this. They won't need an air ambulance, but others do.

  101. Tazhie Nunurbusinezz

    Tazhie NunurbusinezzOy oldin

    I live in a town of 2,700 in a county of 10,000. There is a hospital here & it has a community funded chopper (free to patients) to get people to larger, more specialized hospitals & trauma centers. We can also purchase a roundtrip $100 ticket on the private jet owned by one of the large private owned companies in the county to get to the nearest metro if it isn't an emergency situation. We can purchase these tickets for any reason really but if someone with a medical appointment wants the same seat, you can get bumped to a different day. It's why the tickets are super cheap for executive level travel. We also have community grants for hospital bills. I've had mine completely forgiven twice.

  102. green1

    green1Oy oldin

    Where I live, Air ambulance cost to patient: $0. In fact it's actually cheaper here to use an air ambulance than a ground one. The ground one will charge $385. The helicopter will charge nothing. For this, the government pays $7.2 million per year to cover 3 full time helicopters from 3 different bases hundreds of km apart. Last year that covered 1325 flights. Total cost to the patients: 0, cost to the government: $5434/flight (to be fair, operating the air ambulances does cost more than that, but the non-profit organization running the service also fundraises through donations and running a lottery. Their total budget for the year was about 4 times the government contribution) The dollars quoted here are also worth less than the US dollar.