EMSA: Tulsa’s Mercenary Motorists

Shame. A word we have replaced with expletives and derivatives in today’s vernacular, but all the same, shame on you EMSA.

You are the service with whom the public trust is given at that time of mortal-life crisis, expecting that help will be rendered in a timely fashion to save the lives of the afflicted. Then – later, you send a bill that double-charges. Or, you sic your lawyer-firm on those who have rightly paid for the service in advance.


In the old days, that word alone was the equivalent of a face-slap, a gauntlet thrown down in challenge. Today, it is only said in hopes that some moral equivalent of a pistol-duel might be administered. Shame on you, EMSA. Preying on the weak, disabled, dying, infirm, and traumatized.

The very people those who signed up with your service – for assurance of coverage – whom you should consider as allies, have turned on you with the populace to seek damages in court, against what they say are false claims due.

Relying on a clientele without sufficient legal resources, EMSA has apparently preyed upon those very people who have paid for assistance, those who would pay regularly as a part of their city utility bill to cover the possibility of an ambulance transport. How many others are paying regularly, only to anticipate the prospect of a follow-up lawsuit from the ambulance provider, no matter the coverage.

It is easy for a government-identified entity to routinely retain an attorney to file suit against anyone with a name and an address, regardless of culpability, and that is apparently what EMSA has done – finding those who are likely victims of government-style lawsuits. It is particularly abusive when those suits are directed against those who might assume – because of their known payments – the suit is in error.

Surprise! That flashlight of common knowledge in the darkness of secretive activities: here is a lawsuit that threatens to expose a bureaucratic gangster hiding within the cloaks of city government. It is apparently a case of a single abused customer finding out that he or she is not alone. Many have been victims. Many others – logically – don’t even know. Will never know.

Thus, the lawsuit.

When charges are filed against the city and its various branches – such as EMSA, the ambulance service – the public ends up paying the judgments. In the case against EMSA, the city’s residents should pay those affected, with an acknowledgement of their personal heartache. Have you been sued by the city lately? Were you guilty or innocent? Assuming you believed yourself innocent, did you discover that a group of similarly accused individuals had filed suit against EMSA? Again, shame on EMSA, vultures in brightly-lit trucks.

Those who paid their utility bills – including an EMSA fee – should have had the peace of mind that accompanied their payments, anticipating that their cash amount would cover any eventual usage of services.

The city certainly had no intention of returning any payment for unused services.

For shame.

Shame, as an 18th Century malicious response directed at a government-associated entity that proposes an existence dedicated to saving people’s lives, while secretly filing suit in court to destroy those same people’s lives.

Shame, shame.

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4 Responses to EMSA: Tulsa’s Mercenary Motorists

  1. Mike says:

    Your take is not completely accurate. Most of the billing errors that occur (such as being billed when already paying for TotalCare) are easily fixed by making a single phone call. The individuals that say they are being wrongfully charged is because they did not check their mail or contact the business office to provide more information than requested. Then they do not show up to any of the hearings and when they find out they are going to get their wages garnished, they try to act like the victim. There is going to be a small amount of errors when tens of thousands of patients are billed annually, but most are corrected by just talking with EMSA.

    Contrary to the belief of a lot of people, EMSA is a very efficient and well-priced system compared to similar sized cities across the nation. Go ahead, check into it. The response times are great, the subsidy from the city is minimal, and the training is very good.

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