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July 24, 2014

Is an Ohio island overusing air ambulance?

Call logs show patients being flown off the island for intoxication, an anxiety attack, abdominal pain, fingers caught between two boats, allergic reaction and a thumb laceration

USA Today

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — During the summer, Clevelanders flock to picturesque Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island for fun, food and relaxation.

The island does not have a hospital or doctor at its disposal.

It is staffed with 14 paramedics with at least one available around the clock, year round. They are also equipped with a medical aid center and a pair of fully equipped ambulances.

But, a Channel 3 News Investigation recently found questionable uses for Life Flight from Put-in-Bay, a far more expensive service that can leave patients and insurers with unnecessarily large bills.

Read full story: Ohio vacation island over-using chopper ambulance?

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