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Alpena adds one fee and reduces other for ambulance transports

Submitted by on July 23, 2010 – 3:38 amNo Comment

It will soon cost Alpena County residents less money for non-emergency ambulance transports.

The City of Alpena has been working for years, to establish a service with agencies for inter-facility transports to and from appointments for non-emergency treatments.  Monday night, the municipal council approved a fee of $175 per transport for such services. 

The service has been provided in the past, but only when personnel were available.  The new program was set up to cover the cost of overtime for two fulltime firefighters to be available for scheduled transports.

Fire Chief Ken Hubbard said the service is particularly needed now that hospice, the new dialysis center and other health care agencies have sprung up. 

In addition, the municipal council agreed to lower the cost of non-emergency transports for agencies that are not covered by a contract from $325 to $275.  On top of that, all county residents will receive $100 off that price, and will pay $175 for non-emergency transports.

Hubbard said the department is also working on a plan to eventually provide long-distance emergency and non-emergency transports to hospitals and other facilities across the state.