Podcast: Mitigating High Medical Transportation Costs

Americans watch their health and finances closely, usually resulting in hard decisions effecting one in favor of the other. Emergencies bring these decisions to the forefront, forcing quick judgements that may have massive implications. Folks fearing ambulance and hospital bills may order an Uber ride or taxi to an urgent care center or avoid seeking treatment all together. Those desperate for treatment will call emergency services and brace for the bill.

These decisions shouldn’t have to hold so much weight. Here to talk about how to mitigate costs related to emergency transportation is Will Winters, Senior Director of Broker Sales and National Accounts at MASA. Will discusses the current state of the emergency care industry and financial solutions for individuals who may need their services

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Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Has there been any changes in legislation regarding emergency transportation costs? (4:10) “On the federal level, there was legislation that passed, but it really just addressed the air medical piece, and one of the big things that is really getting overlooked is that ground ambulance. That is important, because about 55 times more ground ambulance transports than there have been air…When you’re looking at $1,500 -$2,000, you know, for each transport as far as out-of-pocket cost, that’s something that adds up pretty quickly within a group.”

How can MASA benefits impact employees? (5:21) “When you have emergency, you have to call 911 and get taken to [the] hospital, you get to have that peace of mind to get the care you need when you need it, without worrying about that balance bill for that particular transport.”

How are employers offering MASA to employees? (10:06) “Most recently, we’ve really seen a significant uptick in both interest and actually, implementation, of MASA being bundled with the health plan. The beauty about doing it [using] this route, doesn’t matter if you’re talking about being a self-funded group or a fully-insured group…is] providing the most comprehensive solution to your employees.”

Check out the podcast to learn more about solutions available for mitigating emergency medical transportation costs.