Pallister Government Hiking Ambulance Transfer Fees

May 23, 2019

Winnipeg - Manitoba Liberal Leader and MLA for St. Boniface, Dougald Lamont says the Pallister government is doing a bait and switch on its promise to reduce ambulance fees because the government is hiking fees by $250 or more on ambulance rides that used to be free of cost.

As recently as last year, the PCs put out a press release saying that "inter-facility" ambulance transfers would be covered by the province. But last summer, patients started receiving invoices for those rides.

Manitoba Liberals obtained a copy of an invoice (see below) from a patient who was transferred from St. Boniface Birth Centre to St. Boniface Hospital in June of 2018. They were charged $340 for the short ambulance ride.

The PCs own budget shows there is no change in ambulance revenues despite their promise to reduce fees. Lamont says that's because they're making up for losses by charging more elsewhere.

"The fact that they're doing this at a time when they are closing ERs, ICUs, and trying to centralize services means that patients are going to pay more because the PCs have frozen all health spending at 2016 levels," said Lamont.

"Pallister has frozen health spending at 2016 levels, now he's forcing vulnerable Manitobans to dig into their own pockets to make up the slack."

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