Apr 12, 2016 1:53 PM by News Staff
It's something no one wants to think about -- the need for ambulance service due to a medical emergency.
In Tehama County, Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital has launched a program, designed to save patients money, when they need to be transported by ambulance.
The hospital offers the only ambulance service based in Tehama County.
The money saving program was the brainchild of the man who manages the hospital's six ground ambulances.
Jason Swann is emergency medical services operations manager at Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.
It was his idea to develop an ambulance membership program, for people who are experiencing a health crisis and need to be transported to the hospital.
“We decided to move forward with this because of the high cost of medical, particularly in the transport sector,” Swann said.
On average, the hospitals ambulances transport more than 10,000 patients a year. The program can save patients money, since out of pocket insurance fees are eliminated.
“In the event our ambulance picks you up and transports you to the closest most appropriate facility, we're going to bill your insurance and that payment as full,” Swann said.
The membership fee is $75 a year and covers all insured family members living under the same roof. In the event a patient needs to be moved to another hospital there is no extra charge.
If physicians or specialized level care needed, membership will cover those patient for transport.
The ambulance membership program is open to anyone living in Tehama County, people on Medi-Cal do not qualify but can obtain membership at a rate above $75 a year.
For more information on the program you can contact Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital directly or visit their website.
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