The issue of who pays for the county ambulance service has been the subject of several recent letters to the editor of The Gazette.
Several writers on the subject of billing for ambulance service have stated that any payments made by insurance companies will be offset by increased insurance rates. This, I think, is true but it is not the whole truth.
Since most insurance companies that do business in the county do business elsewhere, the increase in insurance rates will be more general than just countywide. Thus, people from other counties in Maryland and from other states will, in the case of an insurance payment for an ambulance trip, be paying part of the cost of ambulance service in Montgomery County.
This is probably a desirable outcome for many elected and appointed officials in the county because it allows an indirect hand into the pockets of nonresidents, similar to speeding tickets from cameras.
In my opinion, however, the ethics of this is not so good.
Martin Weiss, Potomac