New air ambulance choice in Grayson Co.

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Grayson County residents now have a choice when it comes to air-ambulance subscriptions. Commissioners voted on Monday to allow grand prairie-based "Careflite" to sell memberships for its emergency helicopter transport services.

"If subscribers also have health insurance, that policy would likely pay for the entire flight, which typically costs more than $10,000. However, those subscribers without insurance would still have to foot the bill for 50% of the total costs," says James Swartz of Careflite.

Careflite is the second company to offer subscriptions as a way of reducing air-ambulance costs to patients. In September, Texas Life-Star came on board with a similar plan.

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