Ambulance fee increase

I seethat the 40 per cent increase in the cost of travelling in an ambulance in non-emergency situations has been labelled outrageous.

St John has increased charges for its non urgent ambulance service so a person can now pay $200, up from $145,for less than a 35 km

The ACC figures showed there were 761,337 new claims for injuries around the home in the year to June 30, 2013 - up from the 707,374 claims lodged in the year ending June 30, 2009.

Nationally, more than $1.4 billion was paid out for fall-related injuries between 2009 and 2013 - representing more than 1.5 million claims.

At we are being called upon to do Hospital admission and discharge with stretchers more frequently. I can understand the cost being charged by St John but we will endeavour to provide the same service at a competitive rate.

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