- Health Minister Leo GlavineDepartment of Health and Wellness
- Stephen McNeilPremier
Eliminate Ambulance Fees in Nova Scotia
1 in 4 Atlantic Canadians are deterred from taking an ambulance because of the cost. Almost 42% said they might delay calling for one because of the fees.
Ambulance fees are keeping people from getting treatment, putting their lives in danger and adding costs to the health system due to increased complications
Nova Scotia could eliminate ambulance fees for less than $9.7 million dollars a year.
In 2013/2014, Emergency Health Services billed patients $12.2 million for ambulance trips, yet expects to collect only $9.7 million. $9.7 is all it would take to eliminate user fees. If Minister Glavine redirected the partial waivers and subsidies, it would cost even less to make ambulances free.
For less than $9 million, Health Minister Glavine could ensure that all Nova Scotians can get to a hospital in a crisis. This would get patients earlier treatment, saving costs, and help save lives, especially in rural areas
For more information visit our website: http://nshealthcoalition.ca/2015/02/10/release-ns-could-eliminate-ambulance-fees-for-9-7m/
- Department of Health and Wellness
Health Minister Leo Glavine
For less than $9.7 million, Nova Scotia could eliminate ambulance fees. Every patient would be guaranteed access to the hospital.
Right now, 1 in 4 Atlantic Canadians are deterred from using ambulances because of the fees. Even more, 42%, said they would like delay calling for the same reason. This needlessly puts patients' lives at danger and delays treatment, adding long term costs to the health system.
Ambulance fees create barriers for patients, especially in rural areas. This has led to numerous instances of people driving themselves to the hospital, despite being medically unwell. There is no need for such suffering and risk.
Eliminating ambulance fees ensures everyone can access care and saves money in the long run.
Health Minister Glavine, stand up for Nova Scotians!
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