Hudson selectmen reject ambulance billing rate hike
Hudson Fire Chief Robert Buxton said increasing the town's ambulance billing rate by switching from standard Medicare rate plus 30 percent to Medicare plus 50 percent would increase revenue by $25,000 next year.
But several board members expressed concern that the price hike would come with some serious side effects for the town's most vulnerable citizens.
"I've seen too many people that have to use half their Social Security check to fill their oil tank," Coutu added. "That's why I can't support raising increasing ambulance fees to 50 percent."
"We're triple digits below what an average bill would be for an insured person," he said.
The town of Hooksett's average charge for an emergency ambulance trip is $538, according to statistics compiled by the NH Ambulance Association (NHAA).
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