Both Panama City and Bay County Commissioners have been vocal about problems at the Panama City Rescue Mission.
Now another one is surfacing and this one is costly. Bay Medical’s ambulances and EMS crews are on track to respond to 500 calls at the Panama City Rescue Mission by the end of this year. Each call costs Bay Medical Center $800 dollars, but the hospital rarely gets paid. Those who do not have insurance get billed, but hospital officials don’t have addresses to bill the homeless. EMS officials say some vagrants even fake emergencies just to get a free ride. Bay Medical Center officials write-off about $32 million dollars a year in indigent care.
They estimate $400,000 of that is the result of calls to the rescue mission.