This was an emergency transport and the hospital uses only one provider "Air Link" aka AirMedCare Network and this was the only choice they gave me!
It took them over an hour and half to respond as they had to refresh their crew from another flight. I did sign a liable statement, however; no fee was disclosed!
The flight lasted about 40 minutes and I was awake during the entire flight!
Thank you for your follow-up.What you would need to do is attempt to 'price' out this service via other entities, such as other hospitals who can provide similar assistance. You can contact other companies who perform the work to obtain their fees. The reason for that is because ultimately your statement of liability is binding--state law does uphold the right of a professional or a company to bill for services provided with consent, or at times in an emergency when no consent is possible. Here, there was knowledge and consent.Since you cannot fight this based on legality, you CAN fight it on the basis of 'unconscionability' if you can prove that the charges were extremely inflated and way above the industry average. Unconscionability is a concept of 'fairness', specifically it is a claim that the terms of the agreement are so blatantly unfair or one-sided that it would serve the interest of justice to void out the agreement. Now, I cannot tell you if their charges are unconscionable as I do not personally know what a typical service charges, but you can research and find out. If you find out, for example, that typically charges are 3 times less, then this is unconscionable--then welcome them to sue you via the courts and bring that evidence with you that their terms were so blatantly unfair that it is in the best interest of the courts to void the agreement.Hope that helps.
One last note - this company offers a $65 yearly membership that guarantees that they will accept the ins. company payment as PIF. This was not offered at the time of pickup and their membership application states that membership begins 15 days after payment, however, the waiting period will be waived for unforeseen events occurring during such time. Does this offer any question of unconscionability?
Thank you for your follow-up.To be frank, that does help. If they had a membership that they did not advertise or offer to you as an option, something that I suspect you would have signed for without question, and then pursued you for costs, it is a potential claim not just of unconscionability but also for intentional withholding of services and options. That option, if never offered, would have bypassed this whole issue. And you can quite easily take them to task on failing to provide you with this additional option.Good luck.
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