Ambulances

  • Call 9-1-1, if you are in need of an ambulance, and they will dispatch the appropriate Spokane Fire Department and Ambulance. 

  • Northwest MedStar is an air ambulance company that has its headquarters in Spokane.  They transported more than 2,500 patients in 2013.  MedStar has a high safety record, as it has never had a helicopter crash.

    Although insurance covers some of the costs associated with medical transportation, a flight with MedStar can cost thousands of dollars. In 2013, the base coast of a helicopter ride was $14,220. To ensure that patients don’t pay for flight costs that their insurance plan doesn’t cover, MedStar offers a $60 one-year membership program (or $150 three-year deal), which “covers out-of- pocket transportation costs for the family of an enrolled person.”  (Source: “Rescue Ready," Rachel Alexander, The Spokesman-Review, 10/18/15; Northwest MedStar, (509) 536-5462, http://www.nwmedstar.org/)

  • Spokane Ride to Care - an Ambulance option.  This program helps a patient reduce the cost of riding in an ambulance to a hospital Emergency Room.  It is estimated that the average patient with low-acuity medical needs can save $300-$800 in health care costs with this alternative, while also alleviating pressure on the medical transport system. 

    The patient is able to choose between continuing to the emergency room in an ambulance, or opt for a SNAP-contracted ride to a nearby urgent care facility.  If the patient chooses the latter, they also are provided with a ride home with a stop at a pre-approved pharmacy, if necessary.  

    Spokane Ride to Care is available for residents in the city of Spokane and Spokane Valley.  Spokane Ride to Care connects the medical patient with transportation to urgent care facilities, after they have called 911, and the paramedics determine that their condition does not require a costly ambulance ride to an emergency room.  (SNAP Impact Report, September 2017) 
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