Natchitoches Ambulance
Concerned

Natchitoches, LA

#1 Oct 3, 2012
What are your thoughts about our ambulance here?
kaka

Chevy Chase, MD

#2 Oct 3, 2012
Their sirens are loud...

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#3 Oct 3, 2012
The ones I've been in need shocks.
open eyes

Natchitoches, LA

#4 Oct 3, 2012
we need a private ambulance service. maybe thats where nowlin thinks he will get all that money to pave roads with.
seriously

United States

#5 Oct 4, 2012
open eyes wrote:
we need a private ambulance service. maybe thats where nowlin thinks he will get all that money to pave roads with.
There used to be a private ambulance service, but then the powers that be made a law where private ones were illegal. Guess the parish got greedy.
dont agree

United States

#6 Oct 4, 2012
Personally I don't think a private ambulance service is the answer, I think the answer is to get rid if what's wrong with what we have.. Private companies are only interested in what will bring them a buck.
my eyes

Natchitoches, LA

#7 Oct 6, 2012
Private companies pay taxes. Tax money paves roads. Parish owned companies pay no taxes and cost us money that could have been used to pave roads.
Private ambulance companies only cost you if you use them. Parish ambulance costs you everyday.
Get out of the ambulance business.
dont agree

Hope, AR

#8 Oct 6, 2012
my eyes wrote:
Private companies pay taxes. Tax money paves roads. Parish owned companies pay no taxes and cost us money that could have been used to pave roads.
Private ambulance companies only cost you if you use them. Parish ambulance costs you everyday.
Get out of the ambulance business.
You are more concerned with taxes than the care you get? A private company will do what's in the best interest of their company not this parish, which means if they feel its best not to even have an ambulance available to do something outside the parish where they will make money they will do it.. People should want a service that is here only for the parish , oh in case you didn't know, most private services want a tax to support them also.. What we have here needs fixing, and I believe it's the best thing for this parish, private service would be a mistake, are you more concerned about your road or something that could save your life or a family members life?
rode in one

Natchitoches, LA

#9 Oct 6, 2012
my eyes is right private is the way to go. Sell that money pit. Their vehicles are falling apart. I see them on a wrecker all the time. If I'm having medical problems and need an ambulance I dont want it broken down with me in the back gasping for breath.
Lifecare was here and had great service. They were on time and had good ems personal.
He also speaks of fixing the roads. I understand where he's coming from. We all complain of our roads and the money we waste on a parish owned ambulance service is roads that could be fixed.
I'm not a what if person. I don't think in the what if this happened and what if that happened. What if there was a big emergency and all the ambulances we have in the parish ambulance service are on the backs of wreckers or in the shop.
Sell that blackhole to the highest bidder.
dont agree

Dallas, TX

#10 Oct 6, 2012
rode in one wrote:
my eyes is right private is the way to go. Sell that money pit. Their vehicles are falling apart. I see them on a wrecker all the time. If I'm having medical problems and need an ambulance I dont want it broken down with me in the back gasping for breath.
Lifecare was here and had great service. They were on time and had good ems personal.
He also speaks of fixing the roads. I understand where he's coming from. We all complain of our roads and the money we waste on a parish owned ambulance service is roads that could be fixed.
I'm not a what if person. I don't think in the what if this happened and what if that happened. What if there was a big emergency and all the ambulances we have in the parish ambulance service are on the backs of wreckers or in the shop.
Sell that blackhole to the highest bidder.
And lifecare doesn't exist anymore .. Most ambulance services want a subsidy which means taxes to stay in a parish or to even come into a parish, do a little research it's not as simple as you think and no the quality will not be there , when you mix a greed for money into any business you get what you get remember those companies want profits not to "help" the community..
addison clark

Natchitoches, LA

#11 Oct 7, 2012
You act like its free to ride in an ambulance. what you really want to say is if they sell or allow another service in here, you will lose your job with the parish ambulance service. I dont want you to lose your job either.
Thank God we are allowed to own businesses. Keep voting for obama if you want only government run business.
Also if they sell it, have you thought of the money you could make if you owned an ambulance service? You could be fithy rich.
lol

Shreveport, LA

#12 Oct 7, 2012
lol
forwhatitsworth

Natchitoches, LA

#13 Oct 8, 2012
At one time I think we had Acadian Ambulance Svc. here. They sell memberships. They're all over south Louisiana,but I don't think they lasted very long here. Nothing that challenges the local status quo ever does last very long here.

One of the problems our local (and any other) ambulance service faces is the number of NON-emergency calls they have to respond to, the folks that have no insurance or money to pay the several THOUSAND dollar bill for emergency ambulance service. It's not inexpensive maintaining ambulances and when they run 24/7 on roads that are shamefully bad, they get beat up. The supplies and equipment needed to properly stock one is in the tens of thousands of dollars. If you've never worked for an EMS, you don't have a clue and need to keep your grousing to yourself until you have at least gotten a clue, or gone to work for one for a while.
Quigley

West Monroe, LA

#14 Oct 8, 2012
Right,again. Folks use he ambulance just like the ER. They call for an ambulance for any little thing. Who pays for this? The folks that call for an actual emergency,the bill is astronimical,just like the ER. Don't say just because you have the state card,the ambulance is paid for. They receive a set amount from the state,just like th ER. The rest is absorbed by legitimate folks that pay their bills. And people think Obamacare will fix this,WRONG.
dont agree

Houston, TX

#15 Oct 8, 2012
addison clark wrote:
You act like its free to ride in an ambulance. what you really want to say is if they sell or allow another service in here, you will lose your job with the parish ambulance service. I dont want you to lose your job either.
Thank God we are allowed to own businesses. Keep voting for obama if you want only government run business.
Also if they sell it, have you thought of the money you could make if you owned an ambulance service? You could be fithy rich.
Sorry, I have not acted like its free, nor do I work for the ambulance service . People act like its just like any other business though when its a vital part of the community. There is little profits in ambulance or any medical profession but like with everything there will be the abusers and that's not something that will ever change. But to think that it would be more profitable for "contacting out" such a vital service you are sadly mistaken. At least with the parish system you have people dedicated to this parish not wherever the private companies decide they need that ambulance at, as the saying bigger is not always better..
non rider

Natchitoches, LA

#16 Oct 8, 2012
I'm not in the ambulance business. I have been around it a good part of my life.
Acadian Ambulance was here until the parish kicked them out. Lifecare was bought out by them and was doing a great job saving peoples life but the parish wanted them out so out they went. Now we have only one. When you have no competion you get what we have.
It donn't matter if it cost a million dollars to stock an ambulance. Sell that bitch and lets move on to something else. If they want to run ems then let the fire department handle it. They are out on most calls anyway. In south La, the vol. fire departments even handle ems calls. all for FREE.
I like the idea of starting an ambulance service. somebody could make some money.
forwhatitsworth

Natchitoches, LA

#17 Oct 8, 2012
Make some money off an ambulance service. Dang, I want some of what you've been smokin', cause you definitely have a very active and enhanced imagination. LMAO, making some money off an ambulance service. SNORT!
Sadly mistaken

United States

#18 Oct 8, 2012
If anyone thinks privatization is the way to go they are sadly mistaken. The people that need the public service are the elderly in the nursing homes, the tourists that flock the area all year long and the no driving people that crash around the parish 24/7 Dont let some disgruntled employee or someone who probably owes the hospital or service a large amount of money talk you into believing that a private service is going to do you big favors, oh and thier tax dollars are going to where ever thier home base is not back into our parish. The ambulance tax is so small I would be willing to bet you cant even tell anyone what you pay. The tax wouldnt even repair one intersection in this parish and if it werent for the terrible roads in the parish maybe the ambulances wouldnt be on wreackers all the time as you say. Oh yeah and while you are talking about something you know nothing about ask the other parishes that have private services what kind of coverage they have and you will quickly see that you are very foolish to believe that privatization is the way to go.Oh and be ready to pay a subsidy anyway, cause they arnt doing it for free, ever heard of a broke medicare system, no one is getting rich in the ambulance service period....
lies

Houston, TX

#19 Oct 8, 2012
Sadly mistaken wrote:
If anyone thinks privatization is the way to go they are sadly mistaken. The people that need the public service are the elderly in the nursing homes, the tourists that flock the area all year long and the no driving people that crash around the parish 24/7 Dont let some disgruntled employee or someone who probably owes the hospital or service a large amount of money talk you into believing that a private service is going to do you big favors, oh and thier tax dollars are going to where ever thier home base is not back into our parish. The ambulance tax is so small I would be willing to bet you cant even tell anyone what you pay. The tax wouldnt even repair one intersection in this parish and if it werent for the terrible roads in the parish maybe the ambulances wouldnt be on wreackers all the time as you say. Oh yeah and while you are talking about something you know nothing about ask the other parishes that have private services what kind of coverage they have and you will quickly see that you are very foolish to believe that privatization is the way to go.Oh and be ready to pay a subsidy anyway, cause they arnt doing it for free, ever heard of a broke medicare system, no one is getting rich in the ambulance service period....
Well said.. Privatization isn't the way. From what I've seen and heard the system in place has its issues due to bad management. Larry promised many things to this parish, which for a while he fulfilled and then started to slowly cut what he promised, now tax time is around he's trying to once again put on a show. Ask Jackson parish why he is not there.. Ask red river why he is not helping them anymore .. And you will see a pattern. We need someone concerned for this parish and its needs, not someone to put on illusion.
idiots

Natchitoches, LA

#20 Oct 14, 2012
you talk about keeping the ambulance service because bigger is not better but you are the same people that voted in swepco and a home rule charter, you give away things that affect your daily life but will fight for something you might need layer. fools
Rick and his hand picked charter will sell the ambulance srv and hospital so fast your heads will spin backwards

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