CORTLAND — Nonresidents assisted by the city’s Emergency Medical Services can expect to see an increase in cost next month.
Cortland fire chief David Rea said the city’s EMS rates were last looked at four years ago, and the change will update them to current standards. The new pricing will be similar to other emergency medical services in Northeast Ohio, he said.
City council gave a first reading to the ordinance that sets basic life support at $750, with advanced life support starting at $950 and advanced life support II starting at $1,150. Basic life support calls involve treatments that a basic EMT can do, like bandaging, splinting and oxygen therapy, according to Rea. Advanced life support involves treatments including drugs or heart monitors, among others, and advanced life support II involves more complex treatment.
The new mileage will be $16 per mile transported and the ordinance sets mutual aid to a medic unit at $285 per transport and $50 for aid without transport.
Current rates are $650 for basic life support, $850 for advanced life support and $950 for advanced life support II, with mileage at $14, according to Rea. Mutual aid to a medic unit is $250.
The city has always billed non-residents for use of its ambulance services, according to the legislation. Cortland residents are not billed directly for EMS services — since 2017, residents’ insurance companies have been charged and the fire department has paid costs not covered by insurance, so the service is no cost to residents.
If approved by council, the new EMS rates will go into effect Feb. 7.