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Tories Would Slash Ambulance Fees in Half: Pallister

March 18, 2016 10:58 AM | News

Brian Pallister

Manitoba Conservative leader Brian Pallister is shown at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Manitoba’s Tories would bring ambulance fees “back down to earth,” if elected in April.

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister says fees would be cut in half within his first term in office.

“Seniors and other patients needing care should expect a paramedic at their door, not a $500 bill in the mail,” Pallister said. “That’s just wrong.”

Pallister says Prairie Mountain Health in western Manitoba has the highest ambulance flat-rate in Canada at $530. The fee in Winnipeg is $522.

On Thursday, the Manitoba Liberals announced free ambulance rides for any senior earning less than $20,000 annually.

— Staff