One of the reasons ambulance drivers have a reputation for being good at what they do is that they tend to be on the road a lot, in busy environments, and have to respond to people in distress.
That’s why when someone has a cardiac arrest, for example, a nurse might go to the scene to help, while a paramedic might get to the hospital in a matter of minutes.
But a recent survey by the National Association of Ambulances found that while ambulance drivers are a valued part of emergency services, they aren’t a good deal for taxpayers.
According to the survey, ambulance drivers make up less than 0.01 percent of all paramedics in the U.S.
But when it comes to how much money they pay, it’s a different story.
In a survey of nearly 2,500 paramedic workers, the National Ambulters Association found that in 2017, paramedics spent more than $3.7 billion in healthcare services, while ambulances received just $1.3 billion in government funding.
While that figure is higher than the total revenue that ambulance drivers received in 2016, the cost of the service for each ambulance driver is more than double that of a private paramedic.
That means the paramedic spends an average of $12,000 more per year on healthcare costs.
This disparity in healthcare costs and healthcare benefits also reflects a reality that many people don’t have a clue about: what happens to your money when you go to work?
A recent report from the U of T’s Faculty of Law looked at the compensation of over 3,000 medical workers across Canada, and concluded that there was no “effective benchmark” for comparing the salaries of private and public medical workers.
Instead, the report looked at a range of compensation measures, including annual and lifetime salaries, base salary, incentive pay, and severance pay.
The report found that the highest-paid medical workers are receiving the lowest-paying compensation.
This means that the compensation for medical workers in the private sector is significantly lower than for public workers, and the disparity between the private and the public sectors is especially pronounced for those in the lowest wage brackets.
While this report isn’t an exact reflection of the overall compensation of a physician or paramedic, it does show that public and private sector medical workers have different pay scales.
And the disparity is even more pronounced for the lowest paid workers.
The National Ambulsions Association says that, at the moment, there are only seven states where the base salary is higher for a paramedical position than a physician position.
It says this is because they are the only states that have paid for the full range of healthcare benefits for a doctor, including prescription drug coverage and dental care.
This can lead to significant gaps in healthcare coverage that affect the amount of healthcare that a person gets.
“Public and private sectors alike face challenges in paying their workers and providing health insurance for the public and for the private sectors.
The current salary structure has become the best available solution to ensure both the affordability of healthcare and the quality of care,” said John Sifton, CEO of the National Autonomous Ambulancers Association.