$911 a yard, or something like that

Tam pries open the bill for an ambulance trip, and perhaps wishes she hadn’t:

Literally a hundred times more than I’ve ever paid for an Uber going twice the distance. Hell, I could have Uber’d back and forth between Indianapolis and Lafayette every day for a couple of weeks for that money.

Next time, no matter how much I’m writhing on the floor and screaming in pain at 0300, just tap me behind the ear with a hammer and throw me in the car.

Undoubtedly this was discussed in a boardroom somewhere:

“How much would this trip cost via Uber or Lyft?”

The new kid begins, “Well, it varies with how busy they are. Something called surge pricing.”

“We can’t do that. Bad optics. Find the average and multiply it by 200.”


  1. McGehee »

    5 June 2018 · 12:32 pm

    Seems to me if Ubyft wanted to be serious about surge pricing, the ambulance charge would be the perfect ceiling.

  2. J. Jeffrey Baxter »

    5 June 2018 · 1:37 pm

    My sister, once upon a time, dated the owner of an ambulance service.

    The only question they ask themselves is this: “How much do we think the insurance company will pay? Then go 200% over.”

    You might get close. A tablet of “hospital Tylenol” at 10 bucks a tab –

    Multiplied a thousand times.

  3. nightfly »

    7 June 2018 · 1:12 pm

    Oh, there was a local service tried to do this to my wife’s family – they refused to let us transport her grandma to a facility located across the parking lot, and then tried to ring them up for a few thousand dollars for the ambo ride. I believe they graciously offered to drop the charges when we graciously offered to send a copy to the local news.

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