Air ambulance insurance available in Fannin Co.

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- The last thing you might think about in an emergency is the cost of medical care, but when the bills start rolling in, the costs can be overwhelming. Stephanie Brletic explains how Fannin County residents can now cut their medical bills by thousands of dollars.

"It’d be great. $50, I mean most anybody could come up with $50," Fannin County resident Lula Wright says.

Affordability is the main reason Careflight is offering this new medical transport insurance plan in Fannin County. Spokespeople say they want to help you avoid paying thousands of extra dollars for ambulance or medical helicopter trips.

They are offering transportation service for just $49 a year if you have insurance, and that cost covers your entire family.

"In most instances somewhere between $2,000-$3,000 is the typical patient responsibility and if you have a member membership you don't get that bill, we accept your insurance as payment in full."

Careflight CEO Jim Swartz says that if you don't have insurance, the $49 annual fee will get you a 50% discount on any of their charges.

Fannin County commissioners approved the sale of this insurance to residents on Monday. County Judge Butch Henderson says the partnership with Careflight will let residents get the help they need fast without worrying about the price tag.

"I would hate for someone not to be able to have that opportunity when they needed it- if for a small annual fee of $49, they could be a member and have that," Fannin County Judge Butch Henderson Says.

That $50, Henderson says, could save you thousands in the long run.

Fannin County officials say Life Star also offers a similar plan in the area.

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  • by CITIZEN Location: Van Alstyne on Jan 15, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    They are correct on medical cost. It is very expensive, but $50.00 for air service, that is a deal. If you have never had a major tragedy in your life then you will never know the value of this service. I wish it was available to my town.
  • by Jim Location: Bonham on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:35 PM
    It's not a bad deal but consider that it won't cover the $1000 or more the Bonham Fire Department EMS will nail you for nor the mandatory trip to Red River Valley Hospital. Add several more $100 bills to the total for that. Ambulance service is very expensive here dispite the more than $600,000 the county gives the city to provide it!
  • by a patient Location: dent on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    my child was careflighted from lake texoma to parkland in july of 2006. the bill was over $13,000. my insurance covered $8500. that left me with $4500. careflight was NOT covered by my 90% coverage. they only paid 60% as they were not a member of my network. they told me they were not a member on any insurance network.
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