How Much Does an Ambulance Cost in a Farm Emergency?

FBN Insurance

Sep 20, 2023

Risk is everywhere on a farm, and despite the best planning and safety considerations emergency situations can still happen. In the event of a medical emergency, it’s important to focus on getting the help you need as quickly as possible. 

But after help has arrived and the emergency has been resolved, farmers are often hit with substantial medical bills — especially extremely expensive ambulance rides from the farm to the closest hospital. 

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive? 

Ambulance companies must be prepared at all times by staffing their ambulances 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure they’re always ready to respond to a medical emergency.

This constant trained medical professional staffing requirement, in addition to expensive medical supplies, rising fuel costs and limited insurance reimbursements, often leads ambulance companies to pass these costs directly on to their patients. 

How Much Does an Ambulance Cost? 

While some ambulance services are public and run at the city or state level, many are privately run by independent companies at the regional or even national level. 

With more than 10,000 ambulance companies across the country, variation between billing approaches can differ drastically. Even if you ask the ambulance to take you to an in-network hospital, the ambulance you’re riding in could be out of network — and most insurance plans only cover rides from in-network ambulance companies. 

According to a report from FAIR Health, a data nonprofit organization, the average cost of ambulance services has increased substantially over the past few years. Before insurance coverage or other potential discounts, the price of an ambulance ride rose 22% to $1,277 between 2017-2020. 

Some states see higher figures when calculating the average cost of an ambulance ride. For example, Minnesota was one of the most expensive states for ambulance rides at $1,796.09 per call in 2022. 

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How Are Ambulance Ride Costs Calculated? 

How much you pay for an ambulance to transport you to a hospital depends on a range of factors, including your: 

  • Insurance coverage (at the time of the emergency) 

  • Ambulance company - whether they are government funded or private, and whether they are in network for your insurance provider 

  • Medical situation - if the transport was classified as an emergency or non-emergency situation upon medical assessment 

  • Treatment - what medical procedures the medical professionals in the ambulance performed and medical supplies they used during your ride 

  • Distance Traveled - how far the ambulance traveled to reach a hospital (based on miles) 

About three million patients are taken to hospitals via ambulance every year; more than half of those patients were surprised with a balance bill once they returned home, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. 

While many states have laws limiting surprise medical bills, these legal restrictions apply to ambulance fees in only a few states.

This means that farmers essentially have a 50/50 chance of being billed hundreds or thousands of dollars for their ambulance ride following a medical emergency — and that doesn’t even take into account any other bills that may have arose from additional treatment upon arriving at the hospital, medications required after leaving the hospital, or follow-up treatment requirements during recovery. 

Never Pay an Ambulance Bill with Enhanced Ambulance Coverage from FBN® Health 

In an emergency, you’re focused on getting the help you need by calling 911. Emergency scenarios don’t allow you time to pause and research whether your town has partnered with a private or public ambulance company, if your local hospital is in network, or how your insurance will bill you for an ambulance ride. 

But the unfortunate truth is that emergency medical care and ambulance rides can be expensive, with charges that remain even after you or your family members have recovered from the emergency situation.  

With FBN Health, you can rest assured knowing you have coverage you can rely on in case of a medical emergency on your farm.

Plus, when you opt into enhanced ambulance coverage, you’ll be covered in the event of ambulance rides or helicopter rescues, even in remote locations. Coverage is provided for ALL ambulance companies operating in the United States and other coverage areas, including Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean (excluding Cuba). 

Have peace of mind knowing you’re covered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with FBN Health. Click here or call 877-892-3303 to learn how you can protect yourself and your family from exorbitant, unexpected medical costs in the event of a medical emergency. 

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