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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1998
Fed up with city residents who refuse to pay the required fee for calling an ambulance, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke wants to spend more than $600,000 to hire a private company to track down the scofflaws.But City Council members are fighting the mayor, saying that he is wasting money and is secretly trying to turn over ambulance service to private management.The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by the mayor, is expected to vote today on whether to hire the private company to collect fees.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
The Baltimore Fire Department is proposing to more than quadruple the fee it charges to transport patients to hospitals, hoping the extra money will pay for new ambulances and faster service.The proposal would raise the $100 transport fee, established seven years ago, to $475. It is backed by Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr., the Board of Fire Commissioners and the union representing firefighters, and is expected to be presented to the Board of Estimates next week.Hampered by an increased number of emergency calls and inadequate staffing that forced some firehouses to close on a rotating basis, fire union officials say more money is needed to maintain an adequate level of care.
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By Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram and Ellie Baublitz and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1998
Carroll County's volunteer fire companies will meet tonight to discuss a county proposal to bill insurance companies for ambulance services routinely covered by health insurance providers.If members of the county's 14 volunteer companies agree, Carroll could collect $2.1 million or more a year from insurance companies for providing emergency medical services, according to county budget supervisor Ted Zaleski.The seven-point proposal calls for the county to administer the program and pay each company "dollar for dollar" the revenue generated from emergency calls.
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 10, 2012
In a way, the problem with Harford County's ambulance service, which appears to be running in the red these days, according to a recent presentation to the Harford County Council, is emblematic of the problems facing the U.S. health care system. The short version: There's a lot of money involved and a lot of people who aren't directly involved in providing health services have a financial stake in what's going on. The long version is complicated and mind-numbingly detailed, but worth taking the time to understand.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 6, 1998
Members of Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies expressed frustration and surprise at a long-standing county proposal to charge insurance companies for ambulance service.The four-page proposal was presented Monday to the Carroll County Volunteer Firefighters' Association by county Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman, past president of the association.The proposal would take effect only if all 14 companies agree.The County Commissioners reviewed the proposal last week and asked that it be circulated among association officials and the county's 14 fire companies before the association's monthly meeting Monday.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | August 13, 1991
The mayor of Annapolis said he welcomes a review of Fire Department policy following the death of a man who had to be treated by a back-up Anne Arundel County ambulance crew because a city crew was transporting Gov. William Donald Schaefer's longtime companion, Hilda Mae Snoops, to Baltimore with the mayor's authorization.Some Annapolis residents, however, want more of an investigation, and they want it to focus on the mayor.Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins last night issued a statement and memorandum before the City Council asking for the Public Safety Committee to look at policy.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 6, 2014
In the discussions about the status of Harford County's fire and ambulance service, it will be vital to keep in mind that many aspects of the existing system are exemplary. A case in point is the effort two Saturdays ago on the part of members of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company that resulted in the installation of 123 new smoke alarms in Edgewood's Edgewater Village neighborhood at a rough cost to taxpayers of $2,000. During a two-hour period, 36 fire company members visited 234 homes and found 123 in need of smoke alarms.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 15, 1997
Leaders of the county Volunteer Firemen's Association agreed reluctantly yesterday to consider charging ambulance service fees that would be paid by health insurance companies.County financial analysts estimate that Carroll could gain up to $3.5 million in revenue from the fees -- nearly as much as the $3.8 million the county has proposed to provide volunteer companies in the next fiscal year. But association leaders warned the County Commissioners that the study of an ambulance fee might not lead anywhere.
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September 8, 2000
THE RELUCTANCE of Reese volunteer firemen to charge for ambulance calls is understandable, but it creates an intolerable rift in the county emergency services system. Refusal of the county firemen's association to give Reese its share of county funds to maintain emergency ambulance service is also intolerable -- and dangerous. The resolution is apparent: centralized, standard-rate billing by the county for emergency ambulance runs and allocation of county funds directly to each volunteer company, not through the firemen's association.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | January 3, 2013
For many years, the officers of the various private volunteer fire and ambulance companies that provide a valuable public service to Harford County have strenuously resisted any financial or strategic oversight by the Harford County government. This is not to say that the volunteer companies are somehow rogue with regard to the very high level of services they provide. The ambulance service is under the strict supervision of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and the fire side of the volunteer companies is under similar strict training regimens for the people who respond to calls.
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