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October 9, 2013

OUR VIEW: Let's talk before we leap

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When Logansport Memorial Hospital was operating the system, it lost hundreds of thousands of dollars over 15 years. The loss was mainly due to denial of coverage by insurance carriers and lack of ample reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

When those parties didn’t pony up the full payment — or in many cases, no payment at all — the county ended up footing the bill. And that essentially means you, the taxpayers, are paying for these services.

So, if the city gets into the ambulance business, odds are it won’t be able to collect payment for services rendered, pushing even more expense back on the taxpayer.

It might have to come down to that. But before we willingly jump into those shark-infested waters, let’s find out if we can fix the current system. And if we can’t, let’s discuss all the options available. It may sound cliché, but we support the idea of creating a “focus group” between city and county leaders to discuss how to proceed.

All parties involved need to come to the table and figure out what’s the best course of action. We need a cohesive plan of action instead of a piecemeal approach by different agencies.

And regardless of what’s decided or who joins the conversation, we need to keep this conversation focused on the facts.

Let’s keep the inflammatory remarks out of it. They don’t help anybody, especially the people waiting on an ambulance.

THE ISSUE 2014 budget item of $100,000 for ambulance for Logansport Fire Department OUR VIEW We need a cohesive plan of action instead of a piecemeal approach at different agencies.

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