FALMOUTH –Beginning next month, Falmouth residents with private insurance will pay more in ambulance fees.
Selectmen voted unanimously to approve new rates of $950 for basic life support services, $1,300 for first-level advanced life support and $1,800 for second-level advanced life support.
The Falmouth Fire Department requested higher amounts as the department’s staffing issues and other priorities need to be addressed.
But selectmen pushed back on the numbers, suggesting that it was almost three times more than what they currently charge for ambulance service.
“I just think that it is a very large adjustment in fees from one year to the next,” said Selectman Chair Doug Jones.
Selectmen said they may look at increasing fees next year to what was requested by the Fire Department.
“Across the country we’re struggling with how to control increases in healthcare costs, and I don’t want to be a part of this by pushing these things up so high,” said Selectman Sam Patterson.
By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter