Coweta County residents will soon have to pay for something that used to be free

Coweta County residents will soon have to pay for something that used to be free

Residents in Coweta County will soon have to pay for a service that the county's first responders previously provided for free.

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — Residents in Coweta County will soon have to pay for a service that the county's first responders previously provided for free.

Patients who get transported by ambulance pay a fee on a sliding scale based on the medical care they require.

Those treated on the scene -- but who avoided an ambulance ride -- also avoided the bill.

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That changes Jan. 1.

"We're looking to offset some of the costs that we generate when we respond to calls where we actually treat a patient," said Fire Chief Pat Wilson.

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Wilson said a flat fee of $200 will be charged to patients who use an ambulance's supplies and higher-end equipment.

Simply assessing a patient and taking vitals will not prompt a charge.

"I don't want anyone to think they shouldn't call. You feel like you're in trouble, you call 911," Wilson said.