Skiing in Austria? | Bring Your Credit Card in Case You Get Injured

Skiing in Austria? | Bring Your Credit Card in Case You Get Injured

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Skiing in Austria? | Bring Your Credit Card in Case You Get Injured

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Austrian ambulances are now equipped with credit card swiping machines so you can pay for your ride to the hospital on the spot.

A German skier who injured himself on the slopes of the Tyrolean Alps said he was asked to swipe his bank card before he could be treated, local radio ORF reported.

“During the ambulance ride, the crew started pushing buttons and then they said: ‘Sorry but we have to charge you 230 euros ($304) now,'” said the 45-year-old holidaymaker from Berlin. “They were obviously very embarrassed.”

Austrian EMS spokesmen defended the policy citing difficulty tracking down payment from foreign tourists once they had returned home.

What medical policies have you encountered when skiing abroad?

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