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Ambulance companies urge Medi-Cal fix; costs far exceed pay
Sacramento Business Journal

The cost to provide ambulance services has climbed to almost $600 per transport, but Medi-Cal pays an average of just over $100. W

hen people think “Medi-Cal provider,” doctors and dentists, hospitals, pharmacists and clinics come to mind. That’s a problem, say six large California ambulance companies that formed an alliance to get the word out that they, too, are hurting.

Medi-Cal rates have not increased since 1999 and provider rates were rolled back 10 percent during California’s fiscal crisis. Meanwhile, costs continue to rise. With a rosier state budget — but ongoing disagreement with lawmakers over spending — Gov. Jerry Brown has called a special session on Medi-Cal financing.