What goes through your mind when you hear an ambulance siren? Until last year I used to think help is on the way! Now, the first thoughts that pop in my head are surprise bills and how broken the EMS system (Emergency Medical System) is in the US.
Why? My perspective on ambulances changed completely when I had to call 911 for our daughter last year. I had no idea that a phone call to save her life would trigger an 11-month long $3,532 surprise billing battle.
If you read my article on the surprising cost of calling an ambulance, you may never look at ambulances the same way again either. Thankfully, I was able to fight back and resolve our surprise ambulance bill.
But, I also learned that our EMS system is in trouble. And that means lives and bank accounts are at stake. What’s scary is that most people have no idea how bad things have gotten. I certainly wasn’t aware of how unregulated things are until I went through this 11-month journey.