Some ambulance rides can end with surprising bill

RESCUE CHIEF: Cranston Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul A. Casey, director of the city’s emergency medical services, says Cranston handles billing for rescue-vehicle rides the same way as other Rhode Island communities: Insurers are billed; city residents are not. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
RESCUE CHIEF: Cranston Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul A. Casey, director of the city’s emergency medical services, says Cranston handles billing for rescue-vehicle rides the same way as other Rhode Island communities: Insurers are billed; city residents are not. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
Emergencies that lead to ambulance rides are nerve-racking enough, but sometimes the bill that follows can be almost as stressful. Although ambulance and rescue-vehicle services are accountable to the R.I. Department of Health for licensing, policies, equipment requirements and unexpected incidents leading to a patient’s serious injury or death, the DOH has no say over…

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