LAS VEGAS (AP) - A study paid for by a private ambulance company accuses the Las Vegas Fire Department of transporting more patients from wealthy northwest neighborhoods while leaving inner-city hospital transports to American Medical Response.
AMR general manager Scott White tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thinks the fire department cherry-picks calls from areas with higher incomes, more insurance coverage and a greater likelihood of payment.
The report by Applied Analysis of Las Vegas also concludes that some residents in wealthier areas wait longer for transport due to delays contacting AMR.
A new policy implemented March 3 went from an automatic dual ambulance response to as-needed calls to AMR.
Fire Chief Willie McDonald tells the Review-Journal he hadn't seen the Applied Analysis report.
White says he wants the City Council to intervene.