Press of Atlantic City: With more effective private air ambulances, state service and subsidies unneeded

Flying ambulances have significantly improved emergency medical response in South Jersey, dramatically cutting how long it takes to get those in a serious health crisis to the appropriate care center.

Helicopter evacuations are crucial in this region, where ordinary ambulances often must drive long rural miles to the scene or navigate roads clogged with tourists.

Overlapping multiple private air-ambulance services cover the whole region. They respond to emergencies much more quickly than the single state service that had a monopoly until a decade ago.