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Emergency ambulance fees would increase by about 20% if the Los Angeles City Council passes a plan aimed at recovering more of the cost of medical services. The higher fees--for everything from basic life support to traction splints--were proposed after a recent study that found the city charges less than the county for the same services.
November 29, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Federal officials have opened a criminal investigation to determine whether confidential information was obtained illegally on hundreds of patients who rode in Los Angeles Fire Department ambulances, a high-level city lawyer said Wednesday. The Fire Department has begun informing past patients that personal records, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, were accessed "deliberately and maliciously" by an employee of the company that provides ambulance billing services to the city.
January 18, 2010 | By Linda Reid Chassiakos
Snow and ice were making the narrow lanes and sharp curves of the Pennsylvania Turnpike even more treacherous than usual. Built for easygoing roadsters, the highway lacked the necessary shoulders and lane width to guarantee safe passage for time-pressed 18-wheelers; a fragile metal rail in the slim median was all that separated the vehicles hurtling in opposite directions. But the ambulance driver was careful and experienced. Mindful of the urgency of our mission, he maneuvered through the speeding traffic with professional skill, barely jostling me as I prepared an infant incubator, oxygen tanks and resuscitation equipment.
February 10, 1999 | Associated Press
A paramedic was suspended for two shifts after he used an ambulance to take a beached dolphin to a holding tank. County officials said Roy Longo, a 10-year veteran, violated county policy by transporting an animal in an ambulance. Longo said the alternative to using the ambulance was more dangerous: placing the dolphin in a basket-like stretcher atop a fire engine with a firefighter atop the engine holding the animal.
July 14, 1991
Does anyone advertise on local daytime TV besides ambulance chasers and diploma mills? The trade schools with their misleading promises are bad enough, but the lawyers really infuriate me. Knowing what TV time costs, I can imagine what they must recover in fees just to pay for it. No wonder California auto insurance is so outrageous. Roger T. Little, Montclair
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Ten people were injured, one of them critically, in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 126 on the outskirts of Fillmore in Ventura County, authorities said. Six victims were taken to hospitals after the 2:11 p.m. accident east of Hopper Canyon Road, a Ventura County Fire spokesman said. The collision, about five miles east of the Fillmore city center, involved four vehicles, he added. One woman was taken by helicopter to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks in critical condition, the spokesman said.
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