A ride in an ambulance or a rescue helicopter will cost a little extra in NSW after a new fee schedule was introduced on July 1.
Those requiring emergency services will cop a call-out fee of $372, plus an additional charge of $3.35 per kilometre or part thereof.
That’s an $8 increase for the call-out and an additional six cents per kilometre travelled on the 2016/17 fee schedule.
The maximum charge for a ride in a road ambulance, a fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter – or combination of these – is now $6095.
According to NSW Ambulance the two per cent increase helps the service stay financially viable and allows them to purchase equipment, fleet services and infrastructure.
There are exemptions to the fees, which are subsidised by the state government. Pensioners, health card holders, eligible veterans and those with private health insurance are exempt.
NSW Ambulance also has a hardship policy, whereby patients with special needs can apply to have their fees waived, paid in part or deferred.
For a comprehensive list of fees, charges or exemptions, click here.