Calling 9-1-1 is no longer a right, it’s a privilege for those with the means to afford it. The city of Tracy, California will begin charging people $300 when they call 9-1-1 to report a medical emergency. On the bright side, there is a yearly flat rate option. A CBS affiliate reports:
Tracy residents will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency.
But there are a couple of options. Residents can pay a $48 voluntary fee for the year which allows them to call 9-1-1 as many times as necessary.
Residents will soon receive the form in the mail where they’ll be able to make their selection. No date has been set for when the charges will go into effect.