October 8, 2013, 2:44 pm
PORTLAND -- Multnomah County Health officials hope to have approval by later this week to launch a new pilot program for ambulance service.
It would allow some patients who call 9-1-1 with non-emergency health issues like chest congestion or a sprained ankle to be taken to the doctor’s office or urgent care by cab or private vehicle.
Right now, if someone calls 9-1-1 they’re usually picked up by ambulance and dropped off at the emergency room. That can get to be very expensive. EMT’s would still evaluate patients on scene.
Ambulances respond to 55,000 calls in Multnomah County per month.