“This is not a moneymaker because of the volume of calls we have,” he said. “And if you add in the cost of an ambulance …”
He said that in 2002 an ambulance cost $79,000; the same one this year costs $140,000.
“We’re pretty excited about this,” Bashaw said of the new venture. “We don’t want to bill our people, but we have to pay for the service somehow.
“It’s just the way it is today.”
The EMS company has contracted with a billing service to do all of the paperwork associated with the ambulance calls and will pay it a flat fee of $38 per call for the work.
Users will likely have a co-payment for each call, but those who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay the bill may see their costs waived if approved by the EMS Board of Directors.
Bashaw said he is not sure when trip billing will begin since the paperwork to separate must be approved by the State Department of Health and the Regional EMS Association.
But he hopes things will be started by Nov. 1.
For more information about the separation or EMS service, call Bashaw at 358-9236.
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