DE State Rep. calls for investigation into medivac helicopter costs

2005

Can you afford a trip to the hospital? Representative Ruth Briggs King wants to make sure people in Delaware aren’t getting price-gouged by medivac helicopters. In an op-ed published in Delaware State News, Briggs-King says the price of being airlifted to a hospital during emergencies can cost patients upwards of $57,000, and insurance companies might only help pay a fraction of that. She says the problem is much greater for residents in Kent and Sussex counties, where hospitals are not equipped to perform specialty operations and are more likely to be flown to hospitals further upstate. She says she has contacted Attorney General Matt Denn and Insurance Commissioner Trinadad Navarro to investigate and help remedy the problem.