Whatcom Medic One proposes ambulance-fee increase in Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

Whatcom Medic One

Joe Bertels, left, and Marie Bussard, paramedics with Whatcom Medic One, wheel a patient into St.Joesph hospital on Friday afternoon, March 9, 2012, in Bellingham.

COLIN DILTZ — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - The cost of an ambulance ride may be going up.

One of the first acts of the newly restructured Whatcom Medic One was to recommend to the Whatcom County Council fee increases for all types of ambulance transports, from life-and-death emergencies to scheduled rides. The proposed increases will receive a public hearing before the council on Tuesday, March 25.

Whatcom Medic One combines paramedic ambulance service from Bellingham and the Ferndale fire district. Bellingham's fees, which now range from $390 to $675, would become $550 to $950 under the proposal. These are more in line with Ferndale's fees.

The public hearing starts shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.

For a full fee list, go to whatcomcounty.us/council/agenda.jsp and click on "AB2014-121."

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