Supervisor calls for drafting ambulance fee 

Supervisor John Avalos this week called for the drafting of an ordinance that would help the San Francisco Fire Department close its budget deficit but could ruin the profits of private ambulance companies.

While the Fire Department responds to all medical calls and often is the first to arrive and provide medical attention to a patient in need, it’s often the private ambulance that transports the patient to the hospital and collects the money for the ride.

The legislation would allow the Fire Department to collect on those calls, even if it doesn’t transport the patient. It’s part of a fee package that also includes a $500 fee to clean up the mess left behind by an auto accident.

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