A proposal to increase ambulance prices by more than 50% will give New Yorkers an opportunity to voice their concerns.
On Friday, the FDNY will hold a public online hearing. The department put forth a proposal last month to increase the cost of transport ordered via 911 from $900 to almost $1,400. Additionally, there would be a $15 to $20 rise in the cost of every mile to the hospital. According to the FDNY, it's because of inflation and increases in EMS employees' salaries. About 70% of the city's hospital transports are handled by the FDNY.
The FDNY held a public hearing online on the suggested price increase for ambulance rides on Friday. The department suggested raising the price by more than 50% in February. The idea would raise the price of a typical ambulance transport through the 911 system from $900 to $1,400.
The FDNY announced the suggestion about a month ago. According to a city charter, the FDNY is permitted to make this modification without seeking city council approval, a power that some have argued is absurd.
Other Emergency Transports Might Also Increase Prices
Similar price hikes might apply to emergency transports requiring advanced life support, which call for more skilled paramedics. The most recent price increase for an ambulance ride occurred in 2021 when it went from $775 to $900 with a 16% increase. In late March, final decisions will be taken regarding this plan. The price increase for ambulances would take effect in the spring if it were approved.
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