Residents To Pay For EMSA Services

Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 3:29 pm
By: News On 6

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City residents will start paying for ambulance service when they pay their monthly utility bills.

The Oklahoma City City Council Tuesday voted to charge $3.65 per month to enroll residents in the Emergency Medical Services Authority's TotalCare program.

Under the program residents would not pay out-of-pocket expenses for an emergency ambulance ride.

Residents can opt out of the program in September. The fee will begin being collected in October.

The plan is similar to one adopted in Tulsa where more than 90 percent of residential customers pay the monthly fee.