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Calif. ambulance company defends high fees

Company officials say that only 5 percent of those using the service pay in full, which runs the price up

By Erika Cervantes

FRESNO, Calif. — If you need an ambulance in the Fresno area, get ready for sticker shock. It turns out ambulance bills are expensive and there are several reasons why.

As paramedics and EMT's prepare for their day, they're ready to help anyone who needs them.

"We're going to respond to every request. Once we get there we're going to figure out the need and provide that need to the patient," says Edgar Escobedo from 'American Ambulance'.

Full story: Special investigation: Why are ambulance bills so expensive?

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source
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Panther FyreMedic Panther FyreMedic Friday, July 25, 2014 5:33:02 PM People (and politicians) forget that EVERYTHING COSTS. EMS and other emergency services are expected to be available 24/7/365, and we are. But those of us who are employed in these services need to pay our bills too. And when so much is lost to no-pays and Medi-Cal/Medicare. And SOMEONE has to pay for the medications, supplies, apparatus, etc., etc, etc. Not to mention the salaries, etc., of those who work in these fields. I don't have all the answers. I don't have any of them, I don't think. But if people and governments want essential emergency services to provide what we do at the level we do something has to change. A good start would be finding a way to reduce "unnecessary" ambulance calls/transports, and ensuring that there are unpleasant (particularly financially) consequences for repeated abuse of emergency services...
David Newton David Newton Friday, July 25, 2014 10:22:03 PM If you knew what Paramedics and EMTs are paid, you would want to pay more just to give them an increase. In some areas salaries do not fit the responsibilities.
Danielle Quinlin Danielle Quinlin Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:57:25 PM Give me a break. Fire departments who transport cost far more than private ambulance. They charge transport fees......similar to the private ambulance companies AND CHARGE MEGA DOLLARS IN TAXES! FAR MORE EXPENSIVE!

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