What or who determines where the ambulance will take the patient?
If the patient is conscious and competent to make their own decisions, they can select which
appropriate hospital they wish to be transported to (if in the paramedic’s opinion, they are
stable and by-passing a closer facility would not potentially jeopardize the patient’s condition).
They can also refuse transport if they sign a liability waiver indicating they understand the risks
of not seeking further medical treatment.

If the patient is unconscious, in an altered mental state, in custody of the police or may be a danger to himself or others, the Paramedic on scene will determine the most appropriate facility for medical treatment.

There are also county protocols which the ambulance crew are required to follow which may affect the destination, such as patients who the police have determined to be not competent must be taken to the closest facility per protocol.

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1. How do I get information about my ambulance bill?
2. What is a nonprovider for my insurance?
3. What or who determines where the ambulance will take the patient?
4. When is a patient transported by air rather than by ground ambulance?
5. What is a trauma center?
6. What does it cost to have EMS come to my house?
7. Can I refuse to be transported by ambulance?
8. Medicare paid my bill, why do I have to pay more?
9. Who do I contact if a personal item is lost during an emergency ambulance transport?
10. Where can I go to get my blood pressure checked?
11. Can I pay my ambulance transport bill online, by phone or credit card?