Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 1, 1949 · Page 29
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 29

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 1, 1949
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4-B Sept. 30, 1949 Blaion Clly Globe-Gazette, Mason City, I». GOING HOME—Ambulance service in Mason City is not limited to accident or emergency cases.'Most of the trips are to take a sick patient to the hospital and, when the patient is well on the road to recovery, to return him to his home. This picture, made at the emergency entrance of a Mason City hospital shows a patient ready to go'home in an ambulance of one of the 4 funeral homes that operate them for community service. Funeral Home Ambulances Give Needed Service Here Everyone will agree that the cost of living has gone up and that the cost of operating a business has gone up. It naturally follows that the cost of operating an ambulance must be higher now than it was,in 1938 and 1939. It is high'er. But the ambulance rates to Mason City residents have not gone up in proportion although no profit is made in the business. The operator considers himself lucky if he makes expenses. Yet there has been no change in standard rates during the years of inflation—the war years and the post-war years. This is true in spite of the fact that new ambulances cost almost double the pre-war price—now running around $7,000, and several homes have purchased new vehicles. Insurance rates have also increased, as has the cost of gasoline, oil and repairs. Salaries Go On Ambulance operators must keep a large supply of bedclothes— sheets, pillowcases and blankets— on hand. Purchase price of these items has increased. By the same token, the bed clothes must be changed every time a call is made. Laundry expense is higher. The greatest additional expense is in salary, operates on though each Ambulance service a 24-hour day. Al- ambulance averages about 2 calls a day, there must be men ready to go if j there is need lor them. If there is no need, their lalaries still continue. The operators, then, must employ enough men and pay 24-hour salaries in return for 2 or 3 hours' work. Then, too, the salaries are much higher than they were before the war. Average 8 Per Day All these higher costs o£ operating an ambulance show why it is impossible to make a profit at the business. With all expenses and depreciation figured in, it is questionable if the service could make money even if it made continuous runs day and night instead of the average of 2. The funeral homes here operate the ambulances' as a service to the people of Mason City and do not expect to make a profit on it. They do, however, try to break even. Many Futile Calls This is difficult when many calls scene of the acci- onc of the are made needlessly and many others result in no collection of the fee. Accident cases are the most frequent example of an unnecessary run by an ambulance. The call comes in, the ambulance goes out. Arrival at the dent will disclose following results: 1. Someone was seriously injured but taken to the hospital by the police or in a private car. 2. No one was hurt badly enough to require ambulance service. 3. The person calling the ambulance gave the wrong address and there is nothing there at all. 4. Someone is seriously injured and needs immediate transportation to the hospital. It is on that last chance that the ambulance drivers make the run although they know the odds are 3 to 1 against City Is Fortunate The reason why Mason City is lucky enough to De receiving such excellent service at no advance in prices lies in one thing. Unlike most large cities, the ambulances are still operated by funeral homes, which stand the loss of the service. Larger towns operate their ambulance services by private business or out of hospitals or liveries. They must show a profit in order to keep the service going There is no connecting business to carry the loss. As a result, prices on ambulance service an big cities are almost triple the charges here. Arid, too, Mason City is fortunate because each ambulance operates as « complete first aid uni for the city. There are 2 kinds o£ ambulance service—emergency and invalic better main- coach. To provide even service one funeral home tains an air ambulance while another furnishes air ambulance charter service. The air service has flown peopli who were taken sick while on va home. And it is a in transporting in cation, back great factor valids who want to visit spmeon in another part of the Unitec States. SPECIAL PURCHASE/ FOOT HEALTH COMFORT SHOES 1. Snug fitting heel 2. Soft kid leather 3. Extra side-arch 4. Metatarsi! pad 5. Steel arch-bridee 6. Cushioned insole DRESS PUMP WORTH S2 MORE A PAIR: These smartly styled arch shoes are nationally advertised by the makers (under their own name) for $2.00 more a pair than our famous Low Price. SIZES 4 TO 10 ... A TO EEE WIDTH Mason City's THfost Modern Popular Priced Shoe Store 21 SOUTH FEDERAL LET US COME TO YOUR AID! 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