Oak Park ambulance fees on the rise

Increase expected to bring in $90,000 annually

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

The bill for those needing an ambulance ride in Oak Park is set to rise by $100 soon.

To keep up with rising labor and vehicle maintenance costs, Oak Park Fire Chief Tom Ebsen told the village board at a recent meeting that a fee increase is needed. The board was expected to pass an ordinance Tuesday night affirming that suggestion, which is anticipated to bring in about $90,000 more annually to the village, based on current call volume.

Ebsen's report to the board outlined that the last fee structure was set in 2009, and those fees were based on 2005 labor costs due to a contract negotiation process that wasn't settled until the following year.

Currently, labor, fuel and maintenance costs are 20 percent higher than 2005 and, since 2010, new ambulances have stricter regulations for exhaust emission control systems.

The new fee structure was determined by using the Naperville 2010 ambulance fee survey that polled 128 Chicago metro municipalities about their ambulance fees. Oak Park's new fee will put it slightly above the average of nearby municipalities, the report stated.

The updated structure brings resident ambulance fees to $500 for residents for basic life-support transport, $800 for advanced life support. For non-residents, the fee is $700 for life support and $1,000 for advanced life support.

Naperville FD Survey of Ambulance Rates

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Violet Aura  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 5:41 PM

I heard that certain people rely on it because they get an asthma attack or something. I don't know where I read this but they were basically saying that people call it too often so I wonder if this is what led to the decision...

Mary Rodrigo from Oak Park  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 5:25 PM

I believe that all Oak Park residents benefit from having BLS and ACLS ambulance service. It saves lives. We pay for this service with our tax dollars, so why are we increasing rates to residents (many of which are probably elderly or victims of chronic illness). I feel that resident rates should be lowered or free. I think the money used to fund reduced ambulance rates is a better idea than funding a new gymnastics center which benefits only some children. Where are our priorities?

JMG  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:15 AM

Ambulance bill for basic services is transport only. If you get an IV or EKG (which I would guess almost all get) you are now advanced life support. And don't forget the 15 dollar a mile charge. Why does Oak Park continually overcharge its residents? Pool fees, stickers, PD fees, parking lots? Why are we "slightly" higher than average? Because we pay a higher salary and the hours are costed at that rate. Double whammy.

Freespirit  

Posted: September 18th, 2012 10:52 PM

I just pray to God that I never need their services, especially without Insurance.

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