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Ashland Rescue Asks For Fee Increase

ASHLAND, Ore. – If you need an ambulance in the Ashland service area, it might cost you a bit more for that medical response.

Ashland Fire and Rescue is asking the county for a rate increase of $100 more for transportation and $50 for treatment.

“For every dollar increase in fees, we actually only realize 19-cents. It’s just a function of our reimbursement rates is what creates that,” explained Ashland Fire and Rescue Chief John Karns

The department is trying to offset increased operational costs along with a decrease in medical reimbursement by the Oregon Health Systems. A public hearing will be held Wednesday, October 10th at 9:30 at the Jackson County Courthouse.