Ambulance fees to go up in Sedgwick County for some users

Ambulance fees in Sedgwick County will increase for the first time since 2003.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 today to raise fees for services provided by EMS crews. The increase will affect about 35 percent of users.

The increase will not affect the 65 percent of patients who have Medicare, Medicaid or Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Under the fee schedule approved today, non-emergency ambulance trips, say from a nursing home to another facility, will rise from $250 to $350 or $350 to $450 depending on the level of care.

Emergency responses will rise from $500 to $600 or $600 to $650 depending on the level of care.

Rides for some critical care patients will increase from $600 to $700.

The mileage fee also will increase from $7 to $10.

County staff have estimated the higher fees will bring in more than $648,000.

Commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Richard Ranzau voted against the increases.