Private Ambulance Rates in Los Angeles Set to Increase

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Fixed rates for private ambulance services in Los Angeles are set to increase for the first time in five years after a City Council vote Wednesday.

The ordinance requires a second vote next Wednesday to pass.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has not adjusted the rates for the private ambulance industry in over five years due to staffing challenges and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a staff report. Several representatives of private ambulance companies told a Transportation Committee meeting in May that the increases are sorely needed for an industry that is facing staffing shortages and wage increases.

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