WINNIPEG — Lower ambulance fees are now in effect across Manitoba as the province slashed transport costs by $85 as of April 1.
The reduced fees were announced in the provincial budget in March, marking a 20 percent reduction to a new price of $340 per ride.
“Manitobans going through a potentially life-threatening situation should not have to worry about whether they can afford an ambulance before calling for one,” Premier Brian Pallister said in a statement.
“Our government continues to address that concern for Manitobans. We have reduced ambulance fees by 35 percent in the past two years as we work toward meeting our promise of cutting those bills in half by 2020.”
Patients are responsible for such fees in jurisdictions across the country and land transfers are carried out by a combination of regional health authorities, municipalities and First Nation communities.
The province says such fees are now down from $522 since 2016 — a decrease of $182.