Virginia County Reconsiders Ambulance Fee


JENNIFER BUSKE | | Monday, September 14, 2009

The possibility of charging ambulance fees in Prince William will resurface Tuesday when the Board of County Supervisors reconvenes after a month-long recess.

Unlike most of its neighbors, Prince William does not recover ambulance fees, and that, board members decided last year, needed to be reassessed.

At the board's request, Prince William Fire Chief Kevin McGee hired a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study on the issue. The findings of the roughly $100,000 study will be presented during Tuesday's meeting and outline possible charges, opportunities and barriers to implementing the fees, McGee said.

"This is common practice not only in the commonwealth but across the nation," McGee said, noting that Loudoun County is the only other area jurisdiction that doesn't recover fees. "Patient care will remain our primary concern, and nobody will be denied service if this takes effect."

According to the study conducted by the law firm Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, the county could recover as much as $3.1 million the first year it charges Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies for ambulance runs, McGee said, noting that the number is just an estimate.

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