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Houston City Council Considers Raising Ambulance Fee

HOUSTON (KTRK) — Getting help during an emergency situation could soon cost a lot more money. Houston City Council is looking at more than doubling the fee for an ambulance ride. You may think it’s a cost you will never have to worry about, but for a lot of people the possible extra fee is much more than they can afford.

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Marius Ivory works out at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center on West Gray as part of his therapy following a stroke two and a half years ago.

“I was unconscious,” Ivory recalled. “I was in and out.”

An ambulance ride to the hospital saved his life and he thinks a proposal to raise ambulance fees from a base rate of $415 to $800 a ride, and raise the per mile rate from $7.50 to $16 is wrong.

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