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Thomas Co. Commissioners Look to Lower EMS Costs

Thomas Co. Commissioners Look to Lower EMS Costs
Posted at 1:17 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 21:21:46-04

THOMAS CO., GA -- Thomas County Commissioners say the county is paying nearly triple the amount surrounding counties do for their ambulance services and they want to do something about it.

The county is looking at several options, including privatizing their ambulance services. A public meeting Tuesday night allowed the companies to present proposals and to hear public input.

Emergency medical services cost Thomas County $1.8 million a year, and county leaders say that’s just too much.

They say want to keep the same quality of care, but at a fraction of the cost.

Nearby counties like Mitchell and Lowndes spend less than $1 million a year on these services.

Several companies have submitted proposals for the service but no decision has been made.

Many Thomas county residents say they're worried about job security for current employees if the county switches to a private company.