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(Wall Street Journal) — New York City will begin charging private hospitals as much as $1 million a year for hospital ambulances dispatched by the city’s 911 system, a controversial initiative that some medical professionals fear will prompt hospitals to stop providing the service.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the new fee as part of his administration’s effort to combat a multibillion-dollar budget deficit in the fiscal year beginning July 1. The Fire Department, which runs the city’s emergency medical services, began alerting hospitals to the policy change earlier this month.

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