Maryland County Begins Charging for Ambulance service

July 7, 2008

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has begun charging for ambulance service.

Officials say residents who have health insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare, won’t have to pay anything extra because the county won’t charge a copay or deductible. But those who are not insured will be charged $500 to $750 for ambulance transport, depending on the type of service required, plus an additional fee of $5 per mile.

The department says no one will be denied ambulance service because of an inability to pay. Officials say they will work with residents to ensure the fees don’t result in financial hardship.

The new policy went into effect July 1.

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