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Updated: 06/14/2017 09:30:02AM

Emergency shock -- The Cost of Using An Ambulance

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Often when victims are taken to the hospital or airlifted, they don't have a choice on where they want to go if they are not in stable condition. If so, the patient can request to go to a specific hospital. However, first responders will not compromise a victim's health by driving past a hospital in route to another one if there are complications, a condition worsens or it is not the approperate hospital for that patient's needs.

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A crash on Interstate 75 on June 1 resulted in 16 people being transported to different hospitals around the area by ambulance and helicopter.

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Emergency workers prepare a patient for airlift to a hospital following a crash in Englewood in May.

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A medical evacuation helicopter lands near the scene of a car crash in DeSoto County in March. Several patients were airlifted to hospitals in two helicopters.

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Sometimes after a crash, a patient cannot pick which hospital they want to go to because they are incapable. Other times a patient can be transported to the hospital of their choice if they are stable.

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By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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Diana Trolli was suffering chest pains when paramedics drove her from North Port to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

When she saw her ambulance bill, Trolli felt a new tightness in her chest.

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