Excerpts from Evanstonnow.com

Evanston aldermen gave final approval increasing charges to patients for ambulance service¬†— the first increase in those rates since 2009.

The new fee schedule increases the minimum charge for an Evanston resident from $362 to $512. Higher rates are charged depending on the level of life support services required. The top fee for residents will rise from $621 to $771. Fees for non-residents are significantly higher.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says the new rates will still be lower than the average of the rates charged by other nearby communities, which range from a low of a $450 minimum charge for residents in Wilmette to $1,034.79 for any ambulance run in Glenview.

The city’s current rates are also lower than what Medicare is willing to pay for ambulance service, which means the city has been¬†missing out on reimbursement for some service that many residents would have insurance to pay for.

Klaiber says the new rates are expected to generate an additional $200,000 annually in revenue to the city.