Fees are going up for those who are not subscribers of the city’s paramedic service.
The $175 fee now charged for minor injuries treated by paramedics will cost $200 and the $275 fee charged for critical cases will rise to $300 starting Aug. 15.
The City Council decided this week to raise the fees because local hospitals will no longer be paying to supply paramedic vans with medical supplies, including drugs and bandages. A regulation starting Aug. 15 prevents hospitals from getting reimbursed through Medicare for ambulance supplies.
The city will have to start paying an estimated $45,000 annually to supply Fullerton’s paramedic units with those medical supplies, officials said.
The fee hike will raise about $18,000 this fiscal year. The council approved spending an extra $27,000 from the general fund to pay for the remainder of the supply costs.