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ETMC EMS announces cutbacks in ambulance service

TYLER, June 20, 2013—The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has announced plans to cutback ambulance service in an effort to maintain quality of care, announced ETMC EMS General Manager Neal Franklin.

The statement attributed the cuts to a decrease in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. The company plans to reduce spending by 5 to 7 percent in an effort to continue to provide quality core services needed by the community at large.

According to the statement, “Effective July 15, ETMC EMS will no longer be stationing a dedicated ambulance in the city of Gladewater, Frankston, Van, Alto and Wells. We have communicated with city officials for the past few months about these transitions and are currently in discussions with Alto and Wells for possible options.”

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