Maryland’s medevac helicopter program is imperfect but invaluable.

MARYLAND’S RESCUE helicopter system is a national model, admired for its sterling safety record and quick response to accidents. But it may be abolished if some state lawmakers get their way. A September crash that killed four people in Prince George’s County has brought intense scrutiny to Maryland’s helicopter-based medical evacuation system, the only state-run air ambulance program in the country. Critics say the program would operate more safely cost-effectively if it were privatized. Supporters counter, and we agree, that medevac shortens the time it takes for patients to get treatment and shouldn’t be scrapped.

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