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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Lee County commissioners will soon decide whether to do away with a fee that never really worked out as planned.

Right now Lee is the only county in the state that charges an EMS non-transport fee.

If you call for an ambulance - then don't go to the hospital - you get a bill for 50-dollars.

Problem is, few people pay up.

EMS officials say it's not worth the hassle, so Commissioner Betty Johnson says it's time to do away with the fee.

"We provide EMT service to everyone in the county. I believe that's a service that should be free of charge unless we have to transport the patient," said Johnson.

Since 2008, EMS has billed nearly 1,600 non- transport calls totaling $78,000. They've only collected $18,000.

Commissioners will vote on it at their next meeting.

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