Abolish Manitoba's Ambulance Fees

Abolish Manitoba's Ambulance Fees

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Why should you have to pay $250 an ambulance ride to access healthcare when you need it most? This is the steep fee that faces Manitobans every time they need an ambulance.
 
Most countries which have universal health care also provide free ambulance service. However, Canada is an outlier in this respect because ambulance services aren’t mandated to be provided free of charge by the Canada Health Act. The result is ambulance fees varying from $0 in Yukon to $250 in Manitoba.
 
This can become very expensive very quickly for those with underlying medical conditions. As reported by Canadian Television (CTV) News, an elderly Manitoban was charged $425, which was almost the equivalent of their rent, for an ambulance ride across the street to her local hospital in 2018.
 
As Manitobans, we all pay taxes to our government and we follow the laws set out by our provincial government. In return, we should expect the government to provide services to help Manitobans have a good quality of life. Ambulance services are a part of this duty.
 
According to The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 1 in 5 of those living in either Manitoba or Saskatchewan hesitate to call an ambulance because of the cost associated with it. That statistic is horrifying because many people need immediate medical assistance and by driving to the hospital, they could be placing themselves and others at risk. There are also people who don’t have another way to the hospital and decide to forgo a hospital visit. Often these people regret that decision later when more serious health problems arise.
 
Unfortunately, the Manitoban government doesn't provide a formalized bursary or financial aid system to help those who are struggling to pay their ambulance fee. The result is that if you’ve suffered an unavoidable health issue and are unable to pay your ambulance bill, you aren’t left with many options.
 
For Manitobans who can’t pay off their ambulance bill within 90 days, their bill is sent to collections and an additional cost of 17% is tacked on to “cover collection agency charges.” The logic simply doesn’t make sense in this instance. Why does one increase the bills for those unable to pay? Not only does it enlarge the already sizable financial burden on those who are less well off, but it is unfair because the majority of those who take ambulances weren’t able to choose whether they wanted to take one in the first place.

We do recognize the reduction of ambulance fees from $500 to $250. However, this isn't enough. We must ensure every Manitoba can access health care when they need it.
 
I encourage you to sign this petition and join me in urging the Manitoban government to end ambulance fees!
 
(For more information feel free to visit my website: endambulancefees.com)

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