Ambulance Fees Go Up

The cost of ambulance service will be going up if you live in Denison. Tonight the City Council voted to raise the price that patients pay every time an ambulance comes to their rescue.

Beginning January 1st, Medicare and Medicaid are implementing new billing rates and Denison's ambulance service can no longer charge patients for medical supplies. The city is proposing raising rates by $50.

Assistant Chief Don Coley with the Denison Dire Department says, "Right now we bill for certain supplies. Under the new guidelines we're not allowed to bill. It would offset the cost."

The mayor says with the cost of medicine and health care going up, the city is looking at this rate increase as a necessity.