August 22nd, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Medical Helicopter Crashes

The WashPost is doing a three-part series on medical helicopter crashes. Yesterday's is about how there are too many medical helicopters in most places, how they're only in it for the money (numbers went up when the Medicare fee increased), and how nobody supervises them. The second-largest medical helicopter company is the one that moved me on 3/4, and I'm definitely glad that we didn't crash.

With a population of 4.2 million, Kentucky has 26 medical helicopters -- more than many nations. Canada, which is about nine times as large with a population of 33 million, has 20. It has never suffered a fatal crash.

Today's is about the people who have been killed, a number that has been increasing a lot in the last few years.

Tomorrow's is about a local accident. There's an interactive map of fatalities, plus maps that show how many helicopters per state. I assumed these were regulated in some way, and they're really not.

It's pouring today, plus thunder and lightning, and I'd considered going to fabric stores :::gasp::: in person. I'm not finding plum jersey knit anywhere online, and I was going to have her make two pairs of those because they go with almost all my tie-dye shirts.