SeanReedy wrote:It turns out a ranger (probably at LeConte), had called for the chopper due to the possibility of AMS/pulmonary problems. I don't know if the young woman had insurance or a job. After time at the hospital in Bishop, she was invited to spend the night at a nurses house and was being monitored when her friends gave her a call that morning.
mattyj wrote:If that's the model society wants to move to for government services I could be talked into it, but I don't see the point in carving out SAR as a special case. Especially since SAR is typically (NPS excepted) performed by unpaid individuals and the actual billable costs are small.
A5RP wrote:And Mattyj:
I do not take to kindly to the "eating donuts at the command post" comment. Each and every Sheriff Dep on both Inyo County and Mono County SAR are highly trained SAR Professionals. In most SAR OPS, the Lead Dep on the Team actually on the OP, is busting his ass. In many cases, from start to finish. Then, he has to immediately return to his substation and spend no less than 2 hours filling out all the required paperwork.
Now, if your county SAR operates in this fashion, please use this ref for them and not all SAR entities out there.
L A, RIVERSIDE and SAN BERDO COUNTY SAR are mainly operated by full time highly dedicated professional Sheriff's Deps. I do not think that they would appreciate your comment either.
mattyj wrote:SeanReedy wrote:It turns out a ranger (probably at LeConte), had called for the chopper due to the possibility of AMS/pulmonary problems. I don't know if the young woman had insurance or a job. After time at the hospital in Bishop, she was invited to spend the night at a nurses house and was being monitored when her friends gave her a call that morning.
It's worth noting that incidents like this will generally get you a bill. If you have a medical condition, are in a known location (even in the backcountry) and do not require any sort of technical extraction (e.g. at the bottom of a steep gully), a private air ambulance such as CALSTAR/Careflight/Lifeflight will generally get dispatched and they will send you a bill. Typically your medical insurance will only cover the flight if it was medically necessary - i.e. if you have a heart attack they'll pay for it, but if you had a broken leg they won't, regardless of how hard it might have been to hike out on one leg.
In Yosemite, sometimes the NPS will use its own helicopter to short-haul an injured climber to the valley floor and then transfer them to an air ambulance. The climber won't get a bill from the NPS, but they will get one for the air ambulance ride - similar to how the fire department won't bill you for cutting your car apart, but the ambulance you ride to the hospital in will.
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