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FRANKSTON, November 21, 2013— The city of Frankston continues its search for ambulance service after East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) announced they would not be providing a dedicated ambulance to the cities of Frankston, Gladewater, Van, Alto, and Wells after July 15, 2013.
ETMC attributes the decision to the effort to maintain quality of care as they see a decrease in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.
According to Frankston City Council member Billy Bussey, he has suggested an Advisory Committee to look into and explore viable options.
“The ambulance is, I would say, a big concern of the majority of the community…within the city limits of Franston, and also in the surrounding rural areas,” said Bussey. “Anything can happen when a person’s life depends on the time element in getting them to the emergency room or to medical help.”
KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Bussey about the issue and the proposed Advisory Committee. Click below to hear more.
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