Van Wert woman stuck with air ambulance bill for ride she didn't need

In May, Caroline Caroline Fleenor went to Van Wert Hospital for chest pain.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 8:58 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 10:10 PM

VAN WERT, Ohio (WFFT) - A Van Wert woman is trying to find a way to pay for an unnecessary air ambulance ride.

In May, Caroline Caroline Fleenor went to the Van Wert Hospital for chest pain.

Doctors told her she had a torn aorta and needed to be flown the the Cleveland Clinic, where she Caroline said she had heart surgery four years ago.

"I thought I was going to die. I was so boxed in, they had a little space," Caroline told FOX 55.

However, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic told her there was nothing wrong with her heart.

In fact, they told Caroline the doctors in Van Wert couldn't see the aorta because they did the wrong scan.

Now the helicopter company has stuck her with the $56,000 bill for the ride to Cleveland.

"I'm blown away. Oh my God. I know they are expensive, but that expensive. Why does everything have to be so expensive in the first place?" Caroline asked.

Caroline is enrolled in Medicare's Part A plan, but it doesn't cover the medical helicopter.

Now the stress of having to pay the bill is pilling up.

"I'm a nervous wreck. For weeks I've been a nervous wreck," said Caroline.

Doctors in Cleveland did find a mass on her lungs, which Caroline just found out Tuesday is cancer.

She thinks that is something doctors in Van Wert shouldv'e noticed.

"I think they got in a big hurry. They need to slow down and work and concentrate," Caroline said. "You're diagnosed with the wrong thing. That's scary."

Caroline said she is trying to work with the hospital and other organizations to bring down their bills.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, medical malpractice lawyers told FOX 55 your best bet is talking with your insurance company.

Most medical malpractice lawsuits deal more with quality of care and not billing.

FOX 55 did contact Van Wert Hospital, but a spokeswoman said they wouldn't comment because of possible HIPPA violations.

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