Sandusky aims to recoup ambulance fees

Sandusky officials are rushing to recoup nearly $268,000 in unpaid ambulance fees amassed during the past six years.
Andy Ouriel
Sep 24, 2012
Officials typically charge people or their insurance companies $300 when firefighters drive someone to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The fire department also charges $6 for each mile driven to Firelands.

For various reasons, people sometimes fail to pay emergency medical services transportation bills after city ambulances zip them to the hospital.

“Some of the debt is unrecoverable,” Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci said. “Maybe the patient has died, they no longer have insurance or maybe they don’t have the means. But that is still a sizable amount of money that needs to be collected.”

City commissioners recently approved a contract with the George Street-based State Collection and Recovery Services office.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.

 

Comments

donutshopguy

The entitlement crowd expects this service for free. Just like the hospital is free. Collecting on this debt are a waste of additional manpower and money.

Remember, you are just spreading the wealth. Jump on board it's free.

007

How about getting Baxter to pay the $200,000 he owes on back taxes from his failed Island boat line and was forgiven by Fantozz and allowed to sell the boats and keep the monies!! What about that commissioners?

T. A. Schwanger

T. A. Schwanger

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 1:27pm

007

Several years ago, the City Commission enacted a "false fire alarm" fee. Not to be quoted, but if I recall, the first false fire alarm was over-looked. After that a fee was to be charged. Now whether or not the City is enforcing that law is another issue.

T. A. Schwanger

Restless1

While in college I drove an ambulance on my off hours in a big city back east. We got called for minor reasons for a trip to the hospital because the state would pay for the call while they would have had to pay for a cab ride themselves and wouldn't want to bother their friends. Even though they got into the ER right away, the hospital staff wised up and made them wait for service anyhow.

mrlizzzard

The ambulance ride should be paid.Do welfare people get free medical transportation?Much larger issue is the use of emergency room for athletes feet and acne.Let's make ER care what it was and not a perk for some.

car 54

How about collecting back property taxes in Sandusky.

Pundit

Is it a safety issue? People putting others at harm to drive to the ER to avoid the Ambulance fee?

Otherwise, it seems like a good way to do collections. You have to let the total build up then collect otherwise the cost of maintaing the collection service is > the money collected.

donutshopguy

mrlizzard,

What do you do when people call the ambulance for a cold ? Should we pay for that? It's that generational entitlement .

deertracker

Here we go again, it's the entitlement crowd that owes ALL the money. You don't really believe that? What do you think "other" people do when having a heart attack or stroke, drive their Ferrari to the hospital? I don't know who owes this money and neither do YOU. The article does not say but you have it all figured out. What about what 007 said? That's okay right?

T. A. Schwanger

007

Several years ago, the City Commission enacted a "false fire alarm" fee. Not to be quoted, but if I recall, the first false fire alarm was over-looked. After that a fee was to be charged. Now whether or not the City is enforcing that law is another issue.

T. A. Schwanger

donutshopguy

deer,

I agree 100% with 007.

How about you an I sit down and review all non paid ambulance calls. I'm willing to bet the majority of the deadbeats are under some type of entitlement.

deertracker

No, I will not review any unpaid fees. I don't enjoy judging people for my own self gratification. Are you saying only deadbeats get sick or you are sure the others pay? C'mon, really? You just like to complain.

jon491

I thought people on entitlements had medicaid ,are you saying the gov doesn't pay . I really hope you lose everything you have. No I'm not on any gov dole, so don't bring it up.

donutshopguy

jon491,

Please reread what you have written. It makes no sense except for the part where you hope I lose everything. I want people to be self sufficient and pay for what they use. Is that a hard concept?

Mr. Median

Please...it is my understanding that public services are paid through taxes. If when you are in need you must pay for a public service, then why would anyone every vote for a fire levy. So what next ...when you are getting rob and you call the police...are they going to give you a bill when they are done? COME ON ....REALLY.

007

Here is another one commissioners, about 3-4 weeks ago the fire department dispatched everyone of the fire trucks and ambulances to the nursing home on Bardshar Rd. This happened 3 times in one day and by what the firemen said on the scanner was that there is a fault with their fire system. This isn't the first time this has happened, so riddle me this, who paid for the dispatch of the ambulance those times?