Should 911 EMS services be free? I wonder sometimes that if local government paid for the 911 EMS services provided and we didn’t bill patients, how different the system would be. Would there be more abuse due to people feeling that their taxes are paying for it? Would local government become more aware of the EMS industry and find ways to reduce abuse and offer other solutions like community paramedicine? Perhaps even giving the ability for EMS crews to decline ambulance transport for patients who don’t require it.
What are your thoughts? Take the quick poll below and feel free to post comments on your views and what you think a solution could be and if free EMS is a good or bad thing.