Ambulance Study Complete

Bay County is the last county in Florida to have a privately operated Emergency Medical Service.

After Leon County was caught off guard last year when its privately run EMS turned over the ambulance service to the county, Bay officials are taking proactive measures.

Bay County officials have researched the cost of taking control of the ambulance services in our area.

Bay Medical Center currently operates the ambulance service, and has for nearly 30 years.

A newly released county study shows it will be very expensive for the county to run the system. The first year alone the startup costs could range from $9 to $11 million.

Even with a proposed fee schedule of $958 per call, it would still be at least the third year before the losses would stop.

But Bay County officials don't expect Bay Medical to dump the ambulance system. The county commission will take a close look at the numbers at its meeting Tuesday.