Calif. man, 84, charged $3,000 for ambulance ride next door
"For less than $3,000, I could get a round trip ticket to North Carolina to visit my grandchildren"
SACREMENTO — Tom Kosta complained of dizziness when he went to see the doctors at his local medical center. But his head really started spinning when he was sent an eye-popping ambulance bill over $3,000, CBS Sacramento reports.
After going to the medical offices at Lodi Memorial, Kosta, an 84-year-old man from Lodi, Calif., was told that he had to go next door to the hospital for an MRI. When Kosta said he could get there himself in a wheelchair, doctors insisted that he ride in an ambulance. Kosta was then sent a bill for $1,500 — the portion of the ride that wasn't covered by insurance.
“For less than $3,000, I could get a round trip ticket to North Carolina to visit my grandchildren,” Kosta told CBS Sacremento. According to a spokesperson from Lodi Memorial, it's hospital policy to transport patients via ambulance no matter the distance in order to ensure safety.