Starting off this week’s EMS news is a great article I found in a small Pennsylvania paper about how and why EMS agencies bill for their services. Many folks don’t understand why they get billed, thinking that their EMS service is provided free of charge by their local governments. They don’t see that their tax contributions fund only a small percentage of what it takes to put an ambulance on the street 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Explaining Realities of EMS Costs

cumberland-goodwill-emsCumberland-Goodwill EMS Chief Robert Pine tries, in his article, to explain what it takes to run the local ambulance service. As he points out, when someone calls 911, they get a mobile ICU with trained medical staff showing up at their door, mere minutes after they call.

This is another great example of the kind of article you should all be seeing in your local papers, explaining how your systems worked. In this article they show the budget costs per call, how much comes in from insurance, and how much is funded by taxes and contributions. All of this is vital if you want to garner public support for your agency.

Show this article to the leadership in your organization and suggest something similar for your area. Let’s continue to educate our public about the way EMS operates.


Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Albuterol & Atrovent EMS Review and Episode 339.


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