Higher Cost Of Being Saved

New rates have been announced for city emergency medical services in Plattsmouth; the change took effect October 1st.

The rates for basic life support and advanced life support transports have gone up about 10%, says Plattsmouth EMS Director Mike Wood. He said rates from other communities were studied for comparison and it was learned Plattsmouth had been on the low end with its previous rates for service so the fees were revised upward.

The Cassgram reports a common occurrence is for EMS to respond and treat a patient, but that patient does not require or desire transport to a hospital. There is now a $150 fee for that service, says Wood.

He emphasizes that is only for when treatment is needed. If the squad responds and finds no treatment is needed, there is no charge. “People still should not hesitate to call us if they think there is a situation where an individual is ill or injured," he said.

The new city budget adds two more paid, part-time EMTs-paramedics. The eventual goal is have a paid EMS staffer on duty 24/7 Monday through Friday, said Wood. The paid staff is augmented by 25 volunteers.

If you’d like to become a volunteer because “you have a desire to help people,” inquire at City Hall or call Plattsmouth EMS at 402-296-6041. Wood reminds you that Plattsmouth EMS pays for your training and books.

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