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FDNY Takes $120M Ambulance Hit

The department tried to sell the mountain of debt to collection agencies but found no takers


 
 

David Seifman, The New York Post | | Monday, March 12, 2012


NEW YORK -- Talk about a free ride.

The FDNY is writing off $120 million in EMS ambulance services provided each year to uninsured patients, a top official yesterday told the City Council.

"If a person doesn't have insurance, in most cases they do not pay," Assistant Commissioner Steve Rush testified at a council budget hearing.

"We offer to those patients charitable payments, which is a reduced fee, but most of them elect not to take advantage of it. There's only so far you can go."

Rush added that the department had tried to sell the mountain of debt to collection agencies but found no takers.

"They are no longer interested," Rush said. "It's a very difficult debt to collect on."

The unpaid ambulance bills represent 32 percent of the $380 million that it costs taxpayers annually to run the fleet of ambulances.



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