Palm Beach Raises Ambulance Fee

An ambulance ride to the hospital will cost more money after the Town Council agreed last week to increase emergency medical transport fees.

Instead of $650 to $750, the price will now be $750 to $850, depending on the nature of the emergency. Mileage will remain at $12 per mile.

Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin said the hike will bring the town in line with what nearby municipalities charge. Palm Beach Fire- Rescue’s fees are currently “below the median for all agencies within Palm Beach County,” he said.

The fee increase won’t have a significant impact on residents. Most are older than 65 and covered by Medicare or private insurance.

The increase will bring in about $22,000 in additional revenue, Blouin said.

The changes go into effect Oct. 1.

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