By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick had staff look into the city’s current ambulance service fees. The fire and EMS staff found out 2014 was the last time the fees were adjusted. Medical costs have only gone up during that time, so the Great Bend City Council approved a motion to adopt an ordinance establishing increased fees for ambulance services.
McCormick said his department reached out to 16 area communities and realized the city’s rates were significantly less.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield would allow more for the charge," said McCormick. "We felt it was time to raise the rates. We have the lowest rates in Barton County."
The Great Bend Fire/EMS has several levels of ambulance services including Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS), but a basic ambulance emergency call will go from $450 to $600. The different levels of emergency and non-emergency calls all factor into varying charges to the patient.
Old Fee: $375 -- New Fee: $425
Old Fee: $450 -- New Fee: $600
Old Fee: $425 -- New Fee: $475
Old Fee: $575 -- New Fee: $750
ALS2 - Advanced ALS
Old Fee: $700 -- New Fee: $900
Non-emergency without drugs or transport after 3 in one year
Old Fee: $50 -- New Fee: $100
In addition to the charges associated to the ambulance services, a mileage charge of $13.50 per mile will increase to $15.