kristo Posted October 3, 2007 Share Posted October 3, 2007 HA! No. If you get payment for 30% you're doing very well. The company I used to work for picked up a dialysis patient from home three days a week round trip for 5 years. Completely bedridden, met all the criteria for medical necessity. Medicare paid every other transport. Didn't matter what was in the paperwork or not, they paid every other. Universal health care. That way, every transport, IFT or emergency, will be paid, EMS provider income will skyrocket (real EMS providers, especially, since emergency transports seem to have the lowest payment vs. non-payment ratio?) and there will be money to increase paramedic salary, luring more people in the field, which means EMS providers can be choosy. Then they will hire better (i.e. more educated) providers over the others, the profession advances, more money will be paid to more educated staff. Voila, you have a completely new profession. No more financial reasons for volunteer EMS. Look at Iceland. I'm not saying we have the best EMS system in the world. Quite the opposite. But we have *very* rural areas. Yet, there is no place in Iceland where there is not professional EMS. The people who come get you may not be top-notch (that is material for a whole-new thread in itself), but at least they are not volunteers. Our country is roughly the size of Kentucky, but only 300,000 people. You do the math. Yet, full, paid EMS coverage, including outstanding medevac (large, well equipped coast guard helicopters that can carry 10+ patients, staffed with a MD (an ER doc) and an EMT- (Reykjavík), and fixed-wing well-equipped planes staffed with a paramedic and a MD (Akureyri and a few more places). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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