THIS LINK is to a Bloomberg.com story that outlines a proposed bill working it’s way through the US Senate as you read this. It claims that it will “fix” health care by requiring all US citizens to obtain health insurance, by requiring every employer to provide health insurance or pay a fine, and by TAXING HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS to the tune of an estimated $600 Billion-with-a-B dollars.
Oh my freakin goodness…..
They also talk about slashing medicaid/medicare payments, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, the first thing they’ll probably slash are the payments to us dumb ol’ ambulance drivers.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. EMS needs to broaden our services and find new revenue sources. We can no longer rely on the “Fee-for-service” model and an ever contracting tax base for our only income. There has to be another way, because the other ways are failing.
Got any ideas?