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Georgia County Begins Charging for Patient Refusals

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners approved charging a $75 response fee to patients who refuse ambulance transport.

Bryan County EMS Director Jim Anderson recommended the commission consider charging a $75 response fee to “repeat users who refuse transport.” Anderson told commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting that EMS responds to about 3,300 calls each year.

“We transported approximately 54 percent of the call outs and 46 percent were not transported; that represents over 1,500 call outs for which no funds were received,” he said.

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