EMS Billing to Extend Fire Levy
In an effort to offset some of the property tax burden that is endured by Township residents, the Springfield Township Fire Department will begin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) billing for ambulance transports within late 2007.
The Fire Department increasingly faces the challenge presented by rising costs. EMS billing allows the Township to access currently untapped revenue as a means to extend the property tax levy without adding a new cost to the vast majority of Township residents. Township Trustees continue to be fiscally responsible and conservative with operations and also take full advantage of available grant monies.
Funds generated by the 8.0 mill Fire District Levy passed in 2001 allow the Fire Department to provide high quality services to the residents of Springfield Township. EMS billing provides an additional revenue source that will allow the Township to prolong the effective utilization of this levy. EMS billing will not negatively affect the level of care provided for any residents or non-residents needing ambulance transport in Springfield Township.
The Township has been billing the insurance companies of non-residents for several years. Springfield Township is one of the only few fire departments in Hamilton County that is not currently soft billing for EMS transports. The majority of fire departments in this region bill their residents for ambulance transports to the hospital.
Anyone needing emergency medical services should call 911 without worry of insurance or billing. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 right away even if you don't have health insurance, the billing will be addressed after the emergency has been handled.