You Paid For It: Ambulance Rides, Health Care Reform

Posted on August 1, 2009 

You Paid For It: Ambulance Rides, Health Care Reform

Graham doesn’t have a job, insurance or car. So, when he feels bad, he doesn’t call a cab. He calls 911 to have an ambulance drive him to the hospital.

A 2 On Your Side investigation found that from January 2006 to May of this year, Rural Metro Ambulance picked him up 603 times.

Medicaid picked up the tab for each ride, costing taxpayers at least $118,158. Graham estimates he’s requested even more rides. “I’d say about a thousand times.”

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