TULSA, Okla. — An agency has approved increasing the price of emergency ambulance transport in a city in northeast Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports the Emergency Medical Services Authority Board of Trustees approved a $400 increase Wednesday. The more than 30 percent transport fee increase brings the total fee up to $1,700 for the agency’s eastern division, which includes Tulsa and three suburbs.

The increase is meant to help offset increased costs, which include legal fees tied to a federal lawsuit accusing the agency’s President and CEO, Stephen Williamson, of violating anti-kickback statutes.

The Tulsa City Council must approve the rate before it can take effect Sept. 1.

An agency spokeswoman says the last rate increase occurred in 2012. The board typically reviews rates every four or five years.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com