Why people are dying waiting for an ambulance
Lack of Funding
EMS does not receive sufficient reimbursement from the State, especially for medicaid transport. This leads to EMS being unable to pay living wages and becoming reliant on volunteers.
Current EMS staff and volunteers are suffering severe burnout, depression, and PTSD due to increasingly long hours and inability to help all incoming emergency calls
The problem is twice as bad in rural NY
When local EMS closes, the community is completely vulnerable.
In addition, rural regions generally have lower quality of health compared to metropolitan and suburban regions – thus, there is a higher need for EMS in rural communities.
Impact to your community
- EMS agencies are closing, leaving your community vulnerable
- EMS agencies do not have enough money to keep ambulances and technology up to date and working
- People in your community are waiting longer than the standard 8-minute response time, leading to irreversible damage and even death, particularly in rural regions
2019 data from two rural counties in upstate New York State, on average:
- What is the longest time for an ambulance to get enroute to a call?
- What is the longest response time (i.e. the time it takes the ambulance to get to the scene)? 62.47 minutes
- How often did patients wait more than 15 minutes for an ambulance? 28.5% of the time
- How often did it take more than 10 minutes to get an ambulance enroute? 31% of the time
- How often was more than one transporting ambulance dispatched? (due to lack of response) 28.5% of the time
Help save your community by supporting EMS
Ask Legislators to fight for EMS
The entire emergency medical services system in New York State will collapse within 5 years if they don’t receive better funding. Ask your legislator to fight for an increase in reimbursement rates.
Volunteer for your local EMS
Volunteers serve in many capacities including: driver, crew chief, public relations, training, fundraising, and administrative support. Support your local community by becomming a volunteer today.
Donate to your local EMS
Please consider showing support to your local EMS provider and the hard working EMTs that are dedicating their time to keep your community alive.