ST. GEORGE – With Gold Cross Ambulance’s recent announcement that it is seeking state approval to expand its operations into St. George and the surrounding area, voices of concern have been raised by various readers of St. George News concerning the matter.
The primary complaint: St. George already has a 911-ambulance emergency transport service in the form of Dixie Ambulance Services.
While the idea of potential competition coming into the area may not seem like a bad idea to some, the state regulates the prices that can be charged by the ambulance service as per Utah Administrative Code R426-16-2, therefore, competition isn’t much of a factor.
It should be noted that companies like Dixie Ambulance and Gold Cross are assigned exclusive rights to specific, geographical areas for a contracted period of time. In these areas, they are the sole providers of 911 emergency transport, as well as non-emergency transport should they hold the proper license for that additional service.
Also, in accordance with Utah Administrative Code R426-14-201 and Utah Code T26-8a-402, these companies may not subcontract their services.
Should the Utah State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services approve Gold Cross’ application to become the new 911-ambulance service in St. George, Dixie Ambulance Service faces an uncertain future.
For the time being, Dixie Ambulance has declined to comment on the matter. Messages left with Gold Cross have not been returned.
Copyright St. George News 2011