Suffolk offering program to reduce cost of ambulance rides

Posted at 3:06 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 17:31:22-05

Suffolk, Va. (WTKR) - The City of Suffolk is reminding folks about a little-known program designed to reduce out-of-pocket expenses when it comes to costly ambulance rides.

Many insurance companies will pay either the entire emergency ambulance bill or a portion of it. The cost of a ride can range anywhere from $400 for Basic Life Support to $800 for Advanced Life Support II in Suffolk.

Suffolk implemented a Subscription Service that assists with any out-of-pocket expenses a patient might incur.

The EMS Passport allows residents to cover their entire family for a $60 annual subscription fee.

"If you live in the city, it covers everyone in your household. It also covers if you have elderly parents or grandparents who are in living facilities or nursing homes, it covers them as well as long as they are listed on the application," Deputy Chief Franklin Adams told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Monday.

Non-residents can also purchase a subscription for $60 per year.

To sign up for the program, click here.