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Councilwoman calls for second private ambulance provider

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:38 p.m. HST, Dec 17, 2013

A study showing 30 to 40 percent of requests for private, nonemergency ambulance service are turned down in West Oahu has prompted a City Council member and the Emergency Services Department to support having a second private provider.

Councilwoman Kimberly Pine said the lack of private ambulance services was "deeply concerning" and "unacceptable."

Pine said a second private ambulance company would improve nonemergency services, encourage competition, reduce the number of patients who might fall into serious or critical condition while awaiting a response, and probably result in savings by reducing emergency hospital stays.

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Hugo wrote:
Non-emergency ambulance trip from the Kaiser Clinic on Pensacola to Kaiser Moanalua: $1,651.00. Thirty minute wait to find a full oxygen bottle. Thank you tax payers for the free Medicare.
on December 17,2013 | 10:51PM
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