Houston Fire Department responds to 70% EMS transportation increase

HOUSTON— The Houston Fire Department held a press conference Thursday to discuss the 70 percent EMS transportation increase.

The increase is the first in six years.

Houston paramedics say, in the last year, emergency crews responded to 30,000 – 911 calls, where no one was actually transported to the hospital.

So, the hike may help thwart repeat callers from using EMS services as a convenience.

The full transport fee would increase to $1,876.

Other fees would include $365 if a patient dies on the scene, $175 if a caller just needs assistance moving — such as from a wheelchair to a bed– and $175 if a caller is treated and released at the scene.

The city council still has to vote on the proposal.