Insurance would pay a small portion of the $43,514.56 bill, leaving Sparks on the hook to pay $29,687.41 for the 47-mile helicopter trip from Haskell to Abilene, according to WFAA.
Air Evac LifeTeam said its cost include the lease and maintenance of the aircraft and staffing it with nurses, paramedics, pilots and mechanics.
“When Air Evac LifeTeam is called by an EMS provider, first responder or hospital, we do not ask for insurance information before accepting a flight. We provide access to a higher level of care, and the cost to provide that access is 87 percent fixed,” Air Evac LifeTeam said.
Sparks said he will renegotiate with his insurance provider hoping to reduce his portion due for the helicopter bill.
“This makes my life difficult,” he said. “But this will ruin other people.”