Standard Withdrawn, No replacement   Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015
ASTM F1493-93(2008)

Standard Guide for Financing and Financial Accountability of Medical Transportation Systems (Withdrawn 2015)

Significance and Use

ManagementSound fiscal management is essential for all medical transportation systems. Without sufficient financial resources, a system will fail to consistently achieve its objectives. Therefore, finance is a primary responsibility in all systems; be they hospital owned/operated, private, public or volunteer organizations, or any combination thereof.

Cost DeterminationThis guide is designed to accurately determine actual and imputed costs of providing ambulance service. It provides methodology for understanding the value of services rendered and a basis for realistic industry-wide comparisons.

Cost AccountingIt is recognized that medical transportation services frequently are a part of a larger organization. However, the proper use of this guide mandates that all costs, real and imputed, directly or indirectly related to providing ambulance service, regardless of organizational structure, be totally and accurately accounted for through the use of generally accepted accounting principles.

ApplicationThis guide, as part of the ASTM Standards and Practices, shall apply in its entirety whenever the entire document, or any part thereof, is used by any governmental authority to establish, operate, manage or regulate the delivery or payment for medical transportation services.


1.1 This guide establishes guidelines for understanding the financing of medical transportation systems. It identifies factors affecting financing, system design and performance requirements, revenue sources, financial accountability and management, and requirements for financially efficient systems.

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