CHARLOTTETOWN – Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie is calling on Health Minister Doug Currie to finally clarify Health P.E.I.’s policy on ambulance fees.
“The minister told us last June that he was going to review the ambulance fee policy and that it would be completed by September,” he said. “We had expected it to be tabled in the fall session of the legislature but thus far we have not seen that report.”
LaVie said the Liberal party in 2007 promised to eliminate all ambulance fees.
He said he is still hearing concerns from Islanders who have received a bill for an ambulance transfer from Charlottetown to Souris that they did not feel they should have had to pay.
“This government has made decisions that require residents to be transferred back and forth from hospitals all over the Island, and they are making Islanders foot the bill,” LaVie said.
The Souris-Elmira MLA said many residents, especially those on fixed incomes, cannot afford to pay ambulance costs for transfers back and forth to Charlottetown and Summerside.
“The minister promised Islanders an efficient, fair and equitable ambulance policy but it remains inefficient, unfair and inequitable. It needs to change,” LaVie said.