Medstar, the ambulance service for Fort Worth and 15 surrounding cities, will be losing a $1.6 million dollar subsidy from the City of Fort Worth as the city leaders try to find new ways to close the $73 million dollar budget gap they were facing for 2011. The subsidies are used to lower the costs of services to the people of that city that provides Medstar with the subsidy, and only 5 of the 15 cities in Medstar’s coverage area choose to provide a subsidy to the ambulance service.
But by losing the subsidy, it does not mean that Medstar will have to cut back on services provided or quality of care delivered by the service. The difference will come in when a person with no insurance will have to pay more; where before some of the cost could be absorbed by the subsidy given to Medstar by the City of Ft Worth.
In order to deal with the rising costs of ambulance transports and the possibility of the subsidy programs not existing in the future, Medstar has instituted a membership plan to generate revenue and to help keep costs down for those who do happen to get sick or injured.
Medstar Star Saver Membership Information