In this episode, I had a chance to set down with the GT Medic and talk about the recent article demanding a Federal Minimum Wage for EMS. We discussed the semantics of "living wage" versus "minimum wage." We even did a little math and provided a little history behind federal minimum wages.
This topic has long been the issue within EMS. We ask ourselves daily why do we continue to do this job for the wages we receive. Is this the answer? Does the system need to change from the top down or will increasing cash-flow to the bottom end make a difference? Do we, as a profession, need to change our education and hierarchy before we demand an increase in pay? These are the questions we need to ask and answer.
We want to hear what you have to say about the topic so feel free to leave comments below.