OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials say rural ambulance services in Oklahoma are in a crisis and in danger of collapsing.
About 50 ambulance services have shut down in Oklahoma since 2000 - including three this year.
Ambulance officials say in low population areas the services faces a shrinking tax base, low Medicare and insurance payments and a state law requiring the closest ambulance respond to emergencies.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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