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Charges for medevac flights soar

Kristen Consillio
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2006
If you need a ride on this, it will cost you. Ask Toby Sidlo of Kauai. His bill was $36,000. It illustrates a soaring problem.
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RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Toby Sidlo of Kalaheo, Kauai, was charged $36,000 for a medevac flight to Oahu in July 2014. Doctors treating Sidlo deemed the flight necessary so he could receive lifesaving treatment. “I can’t afford to pay that,” he said of his bill. “I was in a really bad state. It was urgent.”
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RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Burn patient Toby Sidlo looked through a pile of paperwork Thursday at his home in Kalaheo, Kauai. Sidlo is suing his health insurer, Kaiser Permanente, for denying payment of the bulk of his $36,000 bill from the air ambulance company.