San Diego Backs Off Strict Ambulance Response-Time Rules Even As Rides Get More Expensive
The rate increase — 9 percent immediately and 15 percent on Jan. 1— will push San Diego near the top of ambulance fees for communities below state Route 56.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego Ambulance Fees To Rise 24 Percent, Response Times May Lag
Ambulances rides in San Diego will cost 24 percent more and response-time requirements will be softened under policy changes for the city’s ambulance operator unanimously approved on Tuesday by the City Council. In exchange, American Medical Response will provide the city with financial records backing up its claims that the company is losing $7 million per year in San Diego. The company will also provide the city monthly reports on how the changes are affecting revenue and response times. (Garrick, 10/24)