THE FIRE DEPARTMENT sends emergency responders to nearly every 9-1-1 call - without asking whether callers can afford the services.
So who pays for that costly ambulance ride and that timely medical attention?
If you have insurance - and paramedics correctly record your information - your insurance company does. If you are enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, the federal government pays a certain amount, but city taxpayers cover the rest. And if you don't have any coverage, you get the bill - but taxpayers sometimes end up paying it.