|Updated: 6/21/2012 4:56 pm
||Published: 6/15/2012 10:44 am
The Tulsa City Council postponed a vote on a proposed EMSA transport rate increase until next week.
EMSA officials are asking the Tulsa City Council to increase transport fees from $1,100 to $1,300, the last rate increase was in 2007. The $9 fee per mile would not be changed.
EMSA officials say the suggested increase would not impact the TotalCare fee paid on utility/water bills by members, the increase would change what EMSA charges insurance companies and individuals who are not TotalCare members.
EMSA officials say the increase is needed because costs associated with an emergency transport have gone up 18% in the five years since the last increase, that includes equipment, paramedic/EMT training, salaries and fuel costs.
The City Council has previously said they will not consider the increase until after an audit of EMSA is complete. The City Council passed a resolution for a third party audit of EMSA in April.