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EMSA transport rates to increase by $400 in Tulsa area pending city council approval

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 18:06:31-04

TULSA -- Transport fees for EMSA in the Tulsa area could increase by $400 next week pending city council approval.

EMSA's Board of Trustees approved the transport rate increase for the Eastern Division, which covers Tulsa, Bixby, Jenks and Sand Springs. The total cost of an emergency transportation by ambulance would increase to $1,700 in fiscal year 2018.

The increase will now go to the Tulsa City Council for approval, and would go into effect on Sept. 1 if approved.

The utility fee which citizens pay to the city of Tulsa in relation to the EMSAcare program will remain the sane. All EMSAcare members will be covered under the program in the event they need emergency transportation by ambulance. The increase will affect people who are not enrolled in EMSAcare.

Officials said increased capital expenditures, employee compensation and benefits and legal fees played a role in the rate increase.

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