How Much Does an Ambulance Ride Cost?

An ambulance ride is most often the quickest way to get to the hospital in the case of an injury or serious illness such as a car accident or heart attack.  The cost of an ambulance ride can depend on the company, the miles being driven, the reason you had to ride in one and if insurance is involved.  A basic ambulance ride to a hospital, for example, can cost a lot less than a paramedic unit.

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How much does an ambulance ride cost?

Type of ServiceAverage Rate
Advanced life support$750 to $1,500
Basic life support$550 to $1,000
Mileage rate (additional)$5 to $20 per mile
Standby waiting rate$150 to $250 per hour
Geographical LocationPrice Reported
Chicago, IL$1,200
Cleveland, OH$500
La Jolla, CA$1,772
Longview, TX$1,065
New York, NY$2,480
Oklahoma City, OK$1,300
Phoenix, AZ$860
Pinellas County, Florida$1,007 per person plus $13 per loaded mile
San Diego, CA$1,700
Seattle, WA$950
Tucson, AZ$1,105

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Average Reported Cost: $2451.5

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. American Medical Response (daly city,  California) paid $3258 and said:

    Trip was 1.5 miles, was charged for 5 miles.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. TM (Horsham,  Pennsylvania) paid $1600 and said:

    My wife took me to an emergency clinic/care place. They said that I had to be ambulanced to the local hospital ER. I told them that my wife would drive me, but they strong armed her into letting them call an ambulance. It was maybe 15 minutes in an ambulance, no lights, no siren, no drugs, nothing. They were nothing more than a glorified $1600 taxi ride.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. American Medical Responses (Chula vista,  California) paid $2900 and said:

    I was having a miscarriage I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I called 911 I was in so much pain and couldn’t drive I only live 5 minutes from the hospital, the paramedics didn’t do anything other then transport me and asked a few questions and I’m being charged $2900, not only that to add salt to the wound they sent me a bill for a miscarried baby that according to them was also transported total $5800. what a rip off.. this is wrong….highway robbery!!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. marci (helena,  Montana) paid $2048 and said:

    13 miles, two of us in same ambulance. Husband got no services during ride. I was on the gurney. They charged us each 2048.88!

    Was it worth it? Yes

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