Funny thing is ambulances are privately owned. You dont have to have an ambulance take you to the emergency. Fire fighters are trained just like EMTs are and are paid through our tax dollars. No paying out of pocket for them to come scoop you up.Kid I know broke his femur skiing a few years ago. Had to be air lifted off the mountain. Cant imagine what his bill was but ive heard figures of like 14,000 and up... shits crazy.I watched a co-worker years ago refuse to have someone call an ambulance for him, dude was on his knees clutching his chest having what I believe was later diagnosed as a mild heart attack and he still told them not to call 911. The costs are absurd. I've heard it can cost as much as $1,000.