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Some paramedics doing less transport, more treatment at scene

NPR / WBUR, June 20, 2014
It's being called the house call of the future: Ambulance crews rush when you call 911, but instead of taking you to the emergency room, they treat you at home. Community paramedics, as it's called, has recently drawn a resurgence of interest from towns and states nationwide. Its aim is to bring down the costs of hospital treatment, but some who have tried the approach worry about who ends up paying for the service. David Kimbrell, the fire chief in Hall County, Ga., and Scot Phelps, a former paramedic and a professor of disaster science, joined host Robin Young from NPR's Here and Now Tuesday to discuss the pros and cons of the approach.