EMS Taxi: Health Care Dysfunction on Wheels

Number 23792
Subject Ambulances
Source WJW-TV (Cleveland)
State OH
Year 2007
Publication Date 11/13/2007; 11/14/2007; 11/17/2007; 11/27/2007; 11/28/2007
Summary An analysis of the public records database found that Cleveland residents were calling 911 to be picked up by Emergency Medical Service ambulances for minor ailments. This is because dispatchers can't say no. The result is that response times are slow and the transportation is a high cost for the city.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 28
Keywords transportation; emergency medical services; Medicaid; Medicare; Metrohealth Medical Center; Cleveland; ambulance; 911; database; health; medicine;
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