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Cabulance Versus Ambulance in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash - A local nonemergency medical transportation company is looking to add to their services, but not without resistance from an ambulance company. 

Staff at Medstar Cabulance in Zillah want to start driving patients, who are required to be in stretchers, where they need to go.  They also say it would save the patient, insurance company, and state healthcare money.

The CEO of Advanced Life Systems, a paramedic service in Yakima, doesn't think that is a good idea.

"If they are talking about transporting stretcher patients from a nursing home to a hospital for instance, you're transporting that patient from a facility that has skilled caregivers to another facility with skilled caregivers, using a means that has no skilled care what so ever," says William Woodcock, CEO of Advanced Life Systems.

Staff at Medstar Cabulance say they could transport patients if they get the okay from a doctor or nurse.

A meeting later this month with the Department of Health will talk about legislation on this issue.