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Picher's Ambulance Standing In The Gap For 30 Days For Southern Dale County

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 03 2013 12:37 AM

DALE COUNTY AL:   Pilcher's Ambulance has taken over the management of the South End of Dale County emergency medical services for 30 days.

When Dale County Volunteer Rescue had to close their doors emergency medical response was taken over by Ozark Fire. The Ozark Fire Department went into the ambulance business over the past couple of years.

After operating for a period of time in South Dale County, Ozark Fire had to pull in their wings and stop providing Emergency Medical Service. That service was discontinued on October 31st.

The Mayors of Midland City, Pinckard and Newton met with Pilcher's Ambulance Service to discuss their taking over the emergency medical services for South Dale County for a period of 30 days. This will allow the Mayor's time to make a decision on what they will do in order to provide emergency medical coverage. Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blakenship has been involved in the meetings.

Since being in the emergency medical transport business, the City of Ozark has seen what the private providers have been fighting. A lot of the patients do not have insurance to cover medical transport. In cases of insurance the providers do not pay the entire bill and the citizen with emergency medical treatment does not have the money to pay.

When Ozark Fire expanded into the southern end of Dale County that scenario increased for Ozark Fire. There was a huge increase in uncollectable accounts.

Pilcher's Ambulance has been in the business for decades in Dothan. They provide backup coverage for the volunteer ambulances throughout Houston County. Pilcher's does not receive a county subsidy in Houston County to provide backup coverage for volunteer rescues.

Often times Pilcher's Ambulance responds to fire scenes to stand by for fireman protection. That is a free call. The same goes for Ashford Rescue which responds to structure fires in the Ashford area to stand by without any compensation from the City of Ashford for that service.

The three Mayor's and Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blakenship are working toward a common goal for the emergency medical coverage issues.

And Obamacare is making it worse. The private providers are having an awful time with getting paid from Medicaid and/or Medicare.

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