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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The City of Oregon may be
making a move that many other communities have already done: charging a fee for
emergency ambulance service.
Residents in Oregon
already pay a fire levy each year, but now city leaders want to charge a fee
for basic and advanced life support services. The fee would be the
responsibility of the patient's insurance company.
State law requires
insurance companies to include emergency transport coverage in each policy they
sell. The insurance companies would pay the fee to the City of Oregon, and the
money would go into the general fund to help maintain and improve the fire and
"We expect to garner
between $150,000 and $200,000 a year," said Councilman Michael Sheehy. "Funds
that we normally wouldn't have received, money that we just left on the table.
Money that the insurance companies are collecting, but we could have collected
A council committee
expressed its support for the new ambulance fee at a meeting Monday. The matter
will be forwarded to the full council for a possible vote next Monday.