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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rural ambulance agencies fear folding as reimbursements dwindle

By Katie Weidenboerner 
katiew@thecourierexpress.com
Courier Express

RIDGWAY – Less money, more problems.

This has become the mantra of rural ambulance services as reimbursements and manpower continue to decline.

Legislators and ambulance crews met in a forum at Elk County 911 Wednesday morning to discuss challenges. The solution – a need for more funding – proved to be easily identified but difficult to resolve. Read more...

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

The volunteer ambulances get shafted when there are paid crews raping the public with their unrealistic charges.

Anonymous said...

unrealistic training requirements and constant retraining to do the same training over and over.

no support from your local departments unless you're in the "click"
the fact that most "working people" have to work every hour they can get just to get by
a state "make work project" to keep every department micro managed
lawyers and judges that let ridiculous lawsuits put pressure on the insurance companies to raise rates and reduce coverage

It isn't rocket science why no one is volunteering

Anonymous said...

Not sure what 2:28 means?? Why does that "screw" the volunteers because a paid service charges more?
4:14 is right on. Why continue to train and retrain over and over? Yes, practice makes perfect and it is easy for paid personnel to do that. As it stands now, a person may lay for 20-30 minutes waiting for a dept. to respond with retones and eventual turnovers. Wouldn't it be better to get a person to a hospital QUICKER rather than waiting for a newly "retrained" dept. that is up to date with their certifications?
Yes, in an ideal world it would be wonderful to have full ALS medics at all departments. But that is not what is happening, why not allow ANY first responder with First Aid, CPR, BLS, EMT training to get a person to a hospital ASAP? Yes, there are instances where you need ALS at the scene but waiting for them, precious minutes are ticking away. Get them to a hospital right away. To make it easier to retain volunteers, why not a 30 minute annual online recertification?

Anonymous said...

The government wants the older people/elderly to "disappear". Do this by making rural quick response more difficult/impossible.
Atlas Shrugged is coming true....

Chris Benson said...

2:28. No, paid services do not charge more. PRIVATE services charge more. A local, non-profit service (such as Port Allegany) will charge the same as the City of Bradford, will charge the same as Roulette with a Coudersport ALS intercept. However, privately owned companies have no limitations on the amount that they can charge, and more importantly the amount of money that they can keep on-hand to last them through "dry-spells".

Anonymous said...

The true volunteers never receive the credit that they deserve. I couldn't do it but am extremely grateful when they are there when I have needed them, in a matter of minutes they are there with big hearts. Support these people with contributions and with the hard working volunteer fund raisers that these hard workers do on their own time and don't even demand that the respect that they deserve will come, they just do it, thank God!

Anonymous said...

Yes I,think holding a couple of fundraisers a year would be a good idea for our community to do to help raise money for our ambulance crew's and equipment.For Emporium for example.There are a lot of able bodied folks that could work or volunteer but do not because welfare is so easy to get here so all of the drug addicts come here or the non disabled disabled. But they can all play Bingo, so I say have a bingo night for a fundraiser and all proceeds go to the ambulance service.