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COUNTYWIDE : 10% Ambulance Fee Increase Approved

The County Board of Supervisors approved a 10% fee increase Tuesday for three ambulance companies that operate under a contract with the county.

The new rates apply to Ojai Ambulance Service, Pruner Health Services and Oxnard Ambulance Service Inc. The fee for emergency transportation increases from $232.50 to $256 and non-emergency transportation goes from $175 to $193. The charge for ambulance paramedics goes from $250 to $275.

The new fees are effective immediately.

The companies sought the increases because of rising fuel costs and higher employee costs.

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The board last approved an increase for the companies in May, 1989, when fees jumped 22% in what was the first increase in five years.


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