Usually picking up the phone to dial 911 during an emergency is second nature. But residents in Prince William County may have second thoughts about calling for help now that they will have to pay pretty big bucks for a ride to the hospital.
Starting July 1, residents will have to pay for rides in county ambulances. Patients will be charged anywhere from $400 to $700 per ride, plus a mileage rate of $10 per mile. A bill for the ride will be sent to the patient’s health insurance company, if they have coverage.
Prince William County officials say they expect an estimated $3 million in revenue a year from the fees. The county joins the District, Alexandria and Fairfax among other local jurisdictions that have adopted ambulance fees.