LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration travel to Lee county on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to look into the grounded Medstar program. And county manager Karen Hawes is to brief commissioners on the medical helicopter program.
"I look forward to both of those things happening. I have some questions for the county administration, mostly relating to what our top managers knew of problems, and when did they know," said Lee commissioner Frank Mann.
The county is admitting that Medstar improperly billed for nearly $3 million worth of medical flights. It is refunding at least $320,000 of those dollars.
"They had problems going back five years," said retired Medstar pilot Rick Tackett. "I blame management. We would bring up problems, and nobody would listen."
The county not only is losing the 3-million in improper bills, it also is putting out money to maintain two copters that are grounded. It also has a virtually new hangar that is not being used very much.
Aero-med, a private company, is providing medical helicotper service to Lee. Aero-med makes its money by billing patients that it transports.