ARE YOU A MEMBER OF SUSQUEHANNA TWP. EMS?
PLEASE HELP US SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP YOU
Our 2014-2015 membership brochure is now available on the website and will be arriving in your mailboxes shortly. Each year, we must overcome new challenges such as: increased costs coupled with decreasing insurance reimbursements; to maintain our high standards of patient care that you deserve. Yet, over the years, we have seen an unfortunate decline in memberships; especially among families. And that's why we need your help.
Here some of the reasons we hear about why residents of Susquehanna Township, Paxtang Borough and Penbrook Borough do not join:
- "You are all Susquehanna Township employees and my property taxes pay for the ambulance service."
Susquehanna Twp. EMS is NOT another branch of Susquehanna Township government like the police or highway department. We are a private 501(c)(3) non-profit company run by a Board of Directors. While Susquehanna Township budgeted funds to cover our fuel costs and to help with fundraising efforts, those EMTs and Paramedics that respond to your 911 calls are NOT Township employees and are NOT paid with tax dollars.
- "I'm under 30 (or 40 or 50). I won't need an ambulance for years. Why join?"
Just because you're not a senior citizen doesn't mean you can never get sick or injured. Kids get hurt, young adults get sick, accidents happen.
- "I have insurance that will pay my ambulance bill."
Not always. Recently, a woman fell and suffered a major gash to her leg. A neighbor had wrapped the patient's leg in a towel and managed to control the bleeding before we got there. We transported the patient to a hospital where she required stitches to close the wound. Her insurance company rejected the ambulance transport claim, in part, because the bleeding was controlled and she could have gone by car. This is becoming an all too common occurrence with insurance companies; especially Medicare. Not a member? You will be billed a minimum of $750 if this happens to you
Help insure that STEMS is there when you need us by filling out your membership application and sending it in. That $45 or $60 investment can save you hundreds.