Time to Subscribe for 2020


Residents are often confused about health insurance benefits, especially when it involves emergency ambulance transport to a hospital. Many assume that their health insurance will pay for ambulance fees, but the fact is, most insurance plans do not cover 100% of the cost. In addition, few insurance companies cover costs of service for emergency treatment without transport to the Emergency Department. The fee for this emergency treatment becomes the responsibility of the individual. This service also is considered by Medicare to be a non-covered service.

Ambulance service is not free, and no tax dollars are used to operate your Emergency Medical Service. You can support your EMS service, and avoid these costs, by an annual subscription to Tri-Community South EMS. For a fee of $60.00 per year for an individual, or $70 per year for a household, you are protected from incurring unnecessary bills for emergency ambulance service. Your subscription helps generate the revenue needed to operate the service.

A resident’s subscription helps us at Tri-Community South EMS to maintain our position as one of the foremost EMS systems in Pennsylvania, because the subscription program provides the revenue needed to continue operating the EMS system without resorting to the use of municipal taxes.

A subscription will cover all fees not covered by your health insurance provider, and will cover 50% of any co-pays or deductibles not covered by your policy, all for $60.00 per year for an individual, or $70.00 per year for a household.


  • Most insurance companies do not pay 100% of total ambulance charges. As a subscriber, you will receive a 50% discount off any out-of-pocket expenses related to emergency ambulance services by Tri-Community South EMS.
  • Since most insurance companies do not provide coverage for on-scene treatment without transport, Tri-Community South EMS does charge a fee for this type of service. However, subscribers receive a 50% discount for any related fees that are not covered by insurance.
  • Non-subscribers will be billed the full amount of any balance NOT covered by their insurance companies.
  • Lift Assists are NOT covered by your subscription.
  • The subscription program benefits both the EMS system and the subscriber. One might think that residents would need little convincing to join, but this is not the case. In 2019, fewer than 25% of the households in the area subscribed to Tri-Community South EMS. At the same time, Tri-Community South EMS responded to over 7,100 EMS calls, an average of over 500 emergency calls per month.

    The 2020 Tri-Community South EMS Subscription brochure was mailed to all residences in the area during the third week of October of 2019.. If you have not received a subscription brochure, call the TCS office at 412-831-3710 ext. 103, and consider becoming a subscriber to, and supporter of, your EMS service.

    You can subscribe on line here , or contact the EMS office at 412-831-3710. You can visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tcsems820/ . If you are a member of a group or organization, and would like to have a TCS EMS speaker address your group about the subscription program, or any other services we provide, please contact us.

    Thank You.