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Data Shows Ambulance Fees Will Deter Emergency Calls for Help
Date:5/13/2010

al evidence to support their position.  Not one.  In fact, the four neighboring jurisdictions cited most often by fee supporters – Fairfax, Prince George's, and Frederick counties and Washington, DC – have not published or released any data demonstrating what impact their fees have on the willingness of citizens to call 911.  None.  The consequences of the ambulance fee debate are profound, particularly the potential threat to the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizen brethren, the poor and elderly.  There is compelling evidence, from multiple credible sources, that ambulance fees will deter emergency calls for help and discourage patients from being transported to a hospital when time is of the essence and help is needed most.  These fees delay and obstruct the provision of care and, consequently, they cannot stand.

Marcine D. Goodloe, president of the association, said, "These facts show beyond a doubt that an ambulance fee is bad policy and risks lives.  Our County Council must reject this new fee on a moral basis. People will hesitate to call 911 and that is not acceptable."

For additional information; please contact Eric N. Bernard at the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association at 301-455-6648.


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