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Unfortunately, health insurance premiums continue to rise regardless of whether or not a community decides to bill for EMS transports. Such factors as prescription drug coverage, litigation, technology improvements in the medical field and depressed insurance company investment returns have resulted in escalating health insurance premium costs. However, ambulance transport costs represent less than 1% of health care expenditures. Many other local governments in Virginia have implemented a revenue recovery program for ambulance transport fees, and they have reported no evidence that EMS billing increases health insurance premiums.
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Current charges are $1,024.26 for Advanced Life Support-2 (ALS-2; an example is care which involves surgical interventions); $707.67 for Advanced Life Support (ALS-1; an example is response to chest pains); and $595.94 for Basic Life Service (BLS; which is the basic level of care provided). A charge of $12.03 per mile, from the location of the incident to the hospital, will also be part of each bill. You will not be charged for the distance the ambulance must travel from the fire station to get to you.