SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota-based ambulance service provider says it will begin circulating petitions in Sioux Falls an effort to change rules to allow hospitals to choose between different emergency service providers.
KSFY-TV ( ) reports that provider Med-Star Paramedic Ambulance on Monday announced its intentions to start an initiated ordinance petition. The move follows a decision by Sioux Falls council members to grant a contract for the city’s ambulance service to Texas-based provider Paramedics Plus.
Med-Star says the city’s decision is similar to a monopoly. But the company has already lost appeals before an administrative judge and a federal judge based on that argument.
The company says the proposed ordinance would let private hospitals and other facilities negotiate with other ambulance service providers for non-emergency services.
Information from: KSFY-TV,