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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 6, 1981-Page 9

Ambulance

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(Continued from Page 1
days, said Hunscher. "They have not
given (official) notice they cannot
provide service," so the county is
assuming they can, he said.
The county is, however, formalizing
plans with localities to maintain service
if alternatives are needed, Hunscher
said. "The community tends to panic"
when they hear that an ambulance ser-
vice might be discontinued, he said, and
the plans being considered are designed
to assure the public that it will still be
served, but by a different company.
"OVERALL EXPENSES in the am-
bulance business have risen by about 36
percent" because the prices of goods -
such as gasoline and rubber - used by
an ambulance have gone up so rapidly.
"Most of the rise is due to pure in-
flation," she said.
Unless the county or Fontana-Taylor
can find some way to meet the $180,000
deficit incurred each year by the ser-
vice, Fontan said, "we can't honor the
demands of the contract."
The contract calls for Fontana-
Taylor to provide five ambulances in
strategic locations on 24-hour notice,
according to Hunscher, and a sixth one
is called for next year.
IF A SOURCE for repayment cannot
be found, the ambulance service cannot
continue to provide the same level of
care, Fontana said. One of two things
must happen, she said. Either the
deficit must be covered, or the service
will be cut back.
"I have stretched the dollar six times
around the building with two cents left
over," Fontana said, adding that fur-
ther reduction of internal expenses is
impossible.
The contract with the county also
calls for indigent claims - those unable
to pay - not to exceed $50,000, when in
reality the cost is $130,000 above that,
Fontana said.
ADDING TO the costs incurred are
other various requirements such as the
transport of inmates, some criminal
suspects, as well as unidentified bodies.
"Nobody has paid for them" yet, so
Fontana-Taylor must pick up the tab,
said Fontana.
The initial subsidy of $150,000 in 1979
and $50,000 last year were "one-time
subsidies" and will not be continued,
said Fontana. The ambulance service
asked the county to merely change the
contract so that the county would pick
up the cost of services rendered and not
paid for, she said.
FONTANA-TAYLOR will meet with
its financial advisors to come up with
any alternatives to a change in the con-
tract, Fontana said, since the county
has refused to open the contract to
changes.
County-wide, Fontana-Taylor per-
sonnel perform more than 20 cardio-
pulmonary resuscitations on ambulan-
ce patients each month, Fontana said.
"We are a service to the county," said
Fontana, and "not conducted like any
busines!, like a bookstore. All that is
needed-tt coninue th ser-viois a way
to pay the bills, she said .-

Daily Photo by KIM HILL
ONE OF THE FIVE ambulances Fontana-Taylor provides to Washtenaw
County 24 hours a day. The ambulance service has warned the county that it
may not be able to continue providing that service unless it can come up with
enough money to offset its financial losses.
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