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Old 11-08-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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Houston wants to raise ambulance rides to $1000 this is not the way to cut the budget I hope this does not happen if they do more people might die
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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They said on the news that the cost was really $1,100 for the ride so that is still $100.00 less than the cost....so why shouldn't they raise it being that they now only charge $475.00 ? Most don't pay anyway so it wont really matter....

"""if they do more people might die""""

Really? I didn't know they asked for the payment up front....
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Houston area
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They said on the news that the cost was really $1,100 for the ride so that is still $100.00 less than the cost....so why shouldn't they raise it being that they now only charge $475.00 ? Most don't pay anyway so it wont really matter....

"""if they do more people might die""""

Really? I didn't know they asked for the payment up front....
Just because most people don't pay, doesn't mean it won't affect the people that do pay.

People without insurance seriously consider not using the ambulance for $475, can't imagine what $1000 would do to them. In a serious accident, you might not have a choice. But in a less serious accident, they will skip that. Which could lead to long term problems.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: NW Houston
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They said on the news that the cost was really $1,100 for the ride so that is still $100.00 less than the cost....so why shouldn't they raise it being that they now only charge $475.00 ? Most don't pay anyway so it wont really matter....
Here's the thing. The ride itself doesn't cost $1100. Probably not more than $100. It's the ambulance, equipment, and other overhead costed into the ride that make it $1100. If the total costs of operating the ambulance for a year is $660,000 and you have 600 rides, then it is $1100 per ride.

Fair enough, but that cost obviously depends on the number of users. As stated already, many people already refuse treatment due to the high cost. So if you jack up the cost more than double, you are going to have even more people refusing rides and the ambulances will log even fewer rides per year. Now take that $660,000 and divide it by 300 rides and it now costs $2200 per ride. The city will be losing even more money, or have to take enough ambulances out of service to get the ridership per ambulance back up. Either way, the public loses.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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An AMBULANCE RIDE 1100 Dollars?

THIS IS what's wrong with your system. It's not the same in other countries. This is so preposterous.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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An AMBULANCE RIDE 1100 Dollars?

THIS IS what's wrong with your system. It's not the same in other countries. This is so preposterous.
It probably costs 2K in your country; socialism pays for it. If third wold country, or Mexico, maybe not so much.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Houston wants to raise ambulance rides to $1000 this is not the way to cut the budget I hope this does not happen if they do more people might die
And you know this how?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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It probably costs 2K in your country; socialism pays for it. If third wold country, or Mexico, maybe not so much.
Nope, it doesen't. Next time you use the word "socialism", will you do me a favor and get a dictionary so you can look it up? I'm not to thrilled when people so words around randomly, not even knowing what they mean.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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Nope, it doesen't. Next time you use the word "socialism", will you do me a favor and get a dictionary so you can look it up? I'm not to thrilled when people so words around randomly, not even knowing what they mean.
Yes, I'll think about it. I like the words you use, and the spelling too. What dictionary did you get that from?
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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Thanks for reminding me of ambulance service. I am making a list of all of the socialist things we do as a society. I am about to get tired of all of this paying taxes for stuff I do not use. It all started on trash day when I noticed that my neighbor puts out a mountain of garbage. Us, one tiny bag. I'm subsidizing their waste. My list is getting really long. Fee for service is looking good. Do the EMTs bill everyones insurance company $1000? Do they deduct the tax paid for 1 year or the total years paid? If I paid ambulance district tax for 30 years and needed an ambulance, will they bill me? What do the taxes pay for?

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