Albemarle Releases EMS Billing Rates

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

On Wednesday Albemarle County Supervisors are expected to vote on ambulance billing fees.
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Want to kick my dog also? How about slashing my tires? If you are going to kick us while we are down you might as well go all the way with it.
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You waon't be getting any donations from me. If I've got to pay to use the service why should I make a donation. Of course, if you don't have insurance or you shouldn't be here in this county you'll get free service.
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The story noted the Hollymead & Monticello were on board. They have to be they be, they are County (non-volunteer)stations. They make it sound like they have accomplished something with these agencies.
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Scottsville probably agreed since Monticello (Station 11) runs most of their calls anyway
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I'm afraid the older citizens will not call the rescue squad when needed because they will not want the added burden of paying the 20% Medicare does not cover.
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Help! I have fallen and I cannot get up.
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born - no, borne
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if albemarle county would stop there police officers from driving there police cars home to waynesboro and augusta county would save them alot of money.I have seen there officers use the cars for personel business.they need personel vehicles to drive back and forth.they are paying them from time they leave home till they get back sothat is a extra hour to a hour and a half probable overtime at the taxpayers expense.you can't afford to get sick these days albemarle county.
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i guess they will start charging prisoners when they arrest them too help recover money for gas and too pay officers salary for arresting them.
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Rather than charge for this service why not have all churches pay real estate taxes? Don't they want to contribute as well? How much $$ would this generate in Albemarle County?
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I guess donations will dry up. Its just another tax. Maybe the new conservative majority will drop this new tax!
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doodle wrote:
i guess they will start charging prisoners when they arrest them too help recover money for gas and too pay officers salary for arresting them.
That sounds like a great idea!!!
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Just a comment wrote:
Rather than charge for this service why not have all churches pay real estate taxes? Don't they want to contribute as well? How much $$ would this generate in Albemarle County?
You run into the seperation of church and state which is something I know I don't want to tackle because that is just too sticky.
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So when I am almost dead from an asthma attack and I call the squad not only am I going to have to pay the hospital bills but also to ride in the ambulance. WOW I might as well hitch a ride to the hospital it would be cheaper. What have they done with the 1.3 million that the city found they had hmmmmmmm I guess that will pay for more construction downtown. What a mess that is. I sure hope they dont call my house for donations they will get an ear full. I cant beleive how greedy the city and county are.
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How much has been spent putting dirt and grass on roofs? This idea to charge for ambulance use is despicable. Are they going to start charging when one calls a police officer and will there be different fees depending on whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony, nonviolent vs. violent crime? This is no way to treat ill or injured folks called We The People.
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Dear Local,<BR><BR>

The plan was suggested and to be adopted by the Albemarle County Supervisors. I do not believe city officials had a say.<BR><BR>

Since Hollymead (Station 12) and Monticello (Station 11) are ran by the county staff 24/7, they have to adopt the plan by default. If you want to check if you live in the area served by Hollymead (Northern Albemarle) and Monticello (a region between Scottsville and CARS), visit the Albemarle County website. They have a map of the dispatch area.<BR><BR>

Scottsville (Rescue 7) sometimes rely heavily on Station 11 to cover some/most of their area.(It depends on the time of day). Hence, that is my guess on why they accepted.<BR><BR>

This essentially roughly northern Albemarle as well as the SE Albemarle will charge by Feb 2010.<BR><BR>

Thus far, CARS (Rescue 1 and Rescue 8) as well as WARS (Rescue 5) have not accepted the fee. They serve the city of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County as well as Crozet and the western part of Albemarle County, respectively.<BR><BR >

The moral of the story: call 911, ask for CARS or WARS to assist you!
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First off Station 11 does not run all of Scottsville's calls. They are unfortunaley dispatched on any medic level call and 9 out of 10 calls they are not needed. Please get your facts straight before you kick down the volunteers. One way to save money is not to have an ambulance, fire engine, and other county vehicles dispatched to a call. There are calls when 3 or more vehicles will show up for a sick person. Also look at the SUVs for the fire personal. They are getting driven as personal vehicles. What a waste of money.
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If there's a shortfall in the budget then clearly that needs to be addressed, but a proposal that may deter a critically ill person from dialing 911 is no solution at all.

Albemarle has about 100,000 residents with an average household size of 2.6, so about 38460 households. They'd need to raise the tax on each household by about $12 to recover the $450,000.

As others have pointed out, many insured will be looking at at least a 20% copay on ambulance transport. That could be $80 plus. Not to mention if the health policies of city and county employers has to pay out this money, their premiums will inevitably rise - the insurance companies aren't known for swallowing additional costs.

So, you can either see your household tax rise by about $12 and have no other costs, or face paying $80+ if you need an ambulance, plus an increase in your insurance plus an extra margin for the insurance company to process payment and a further amount to pay for billing at the rescue squad.
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GD it , why are we even talking about this when we donate every year to keep this service up and running for everyone, insured or uninsured? Aren't we screwing up a good thing? Somebody enlighten me.

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doodle wrote:
if albemarle county would stop there police officers from driving there police cars home to waynesboro and augusta county would save them alot of money.I have seen there officers use the cars for personel business.they need personel vehicles to drive back and forth.they are paying them from time they leave home till they get back sothat is a extra hour to a hour and a half probable overtime at the taxpayers expense.you can't afford to get sick these days albemarle county.
Obviously whatever school system you attended failed you. It's their, not there, first off. Secondly, why post a comment which is completely false and unfounded? What are you basing your comments on? County vehicles driven outside the county cannot be used for personal use so if you see that, make a complaint. Police vehicles driven outside the county are for officers who hold call-out status, meaning they must be available 24hrs a day. And I'm pretty sure they aren't getting paid overtime, that's for sure. Anyway, back to the article. One of the main pushes, I would think, is the inordinate usage by people just needing a ride. Ask any rescue worker and they will tell you of the "sick" people calling 911 to get a ride downtown. They are a huge drain on the system and this fee-based system will quickly put an end to it. If you truly require emergency assistance, call 911. If you have a cold and want a ride to the ER, then this will be will a chafe. I'm sure there will be financial assistance made available to those that require a ride under real emergency circumstances, aside from the inevitable universal healthcare, which don't get me started on. I will continue to donate money, especially now that I now it is truly going to help people who need medical help.

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