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Is the WFD Rescue 911 Ambulance Service double billing for services rendered?

Unfortunately, I just had the pleasure of taking a ride to Landmark Medical Center via the Woonsocket Fire and Rescue ambulance service. Needless to say, the guys in the Rescue Service were top notch, and I couldn’t have been more impressed by their professionalism and excellence in performing their job. My question is, Why do I now see an ambulance charge of $900.00 dollars on my BCBS bill, when the Woonsocket Fire and Rescue service is totally funded by the tax dollars that Woonsocket collects from it’s tax paying base, from which, I am a generous payer to say the least. Where is this $900.00 charge coming from, and if it gets paid to the WFD, why on earth are we paying for the WFD Rescue service in our tax rate when they turn around and bill the Health Insurance companies for services rendered to boot? Any thoughts?

Cheryl Eddy-Albee April 08, 2014 at 06:53 AM
They bill insurance companies to replenish the items used and to offset the amount the hospital charges the city for use...the hospital is a for profit company any supplies that are used meaning iv's needles even the minute things need to be replaced...thus goes theu the insurance company...please note this is just a guess on my part, but if the city would have to pay to restock everything your taxes would increase...they may bill your insurance $900 but may get paid $100 if that and that helps offset the costs of the meds the iv's the restocking etc...like Imsaid thats just a guess on my part.
Old School April 08, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Some people need to get a life and stop trolling on here. Sad!!
Russell Archambault April 08, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Old school, I can't agree with you more. The sad trolls really need to get a life !
Nelson Aldrich April 08, 2014 at 09:55 PM
The real trolls are the ones with their heads in the sand, the ones afraid to ask questions, the ones who throw their hands up and believe ignorance is bliss.

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