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    Hello all I am jay and I’m a medic in ny in a busy municipality. And I have a question that I would like to pose to those who probably know more than me. I have been a medic for 3 years. And my question is do we have to transport a pt if it’s not an emergency. Or we deem it to not be an emergency. Are ems providers legally obligated to transport a pt if it’s a bs call. A little background is probably needed. We are a combo paid/volunteer agency. We only do 911. And we get probably 80-90% calls that don’t require an ambulance. Mostly from doctors offices for people who have trouble breathing or chest pain going on for months. Nothing acute. No distress and completely stable. And the town we are in is small most of these offices are less than 5 minutes from the hospital. I am curious if it’s legally appropriate to tell them they don’t need an ambulance and then have them transport via private vehicle. Or taxi,Uber,lyft. If any of you have any insight I’d greatly appreciate it. To be honest I’m not keen on making people do this. But we are overwhelmed and understaffed. And it affects the care of people who need a ambulance in a real emergency. So any help would be good. Thanks again and take care. Safe tour and silent pagers.
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