At the meeting, much discussion was given to the possibility of adding Southern EMS to the
Currently, Stat and Elite ambulance services provide primary and secondary ambulance service for the county.
"My personal thoughts, is that it is very limited to the amount of funds with the health care and Obama care and has probably greatly reduced the amount of reimbursement that you all receive. I am sure the cost of providing the service has not went down. I don't want to add another company to the list if it is going to jeopardize the companies that we have on the list if they are providing adequate service to the county," Smith continued.
Throughout the discussion, it was revealed that the county's loss of residents has impacted the ambulance services in terms of reduced call volume as well as fewer people that have private insurance.
The discussion between the representatives and commissioners continued. "I just don't see the economics of adding them to the 911 list and dispatching them out of the
Smyth explained that in the last 15 years, the county's population has declined by 10 to 14 thousand. With the decline in the coal industry, many have left the state in search of employment. As a result, fewer people within the county have private insurance and higher insurance.
"We have to make a decision. It should give you comfort to know that we wanted your input before we had to vote on it," Smith said to the representatives. "This issue will be discussed at the next regular commission meeting," Smith concluded.
The next meeting of the
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