ASK ABE: Do I need to pay to use an ambulance?

Dear Abe,

Is it true that you have to pay to use an ambulance?

Car Struck


Dear Car Struck,

Yes it is and they can be very expensive. The cost ranges from $252 to $5248 depending on the type of care and the distance travelled. If you have a Health Care Card or a Low Income Health Care Card (available to people earning less than $500 per week) you get a bunch of discounts including free ambulance in NSW.

If you have private health insurance you may also have ambulance cover. You can even get just ambulance cover starting at around $30 per year.

Also note that you will be billed regardless of whether you called the ambulance or not.


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