Health and Community Services

Ambulance Services

  1. Do I have to pay for a road ambulance if one is called in an emergency situation?
  2. Do I have to pay for an air ambulance if one is required?
  3. Do I have to pay for an ambulance to transfer me from one health facility to another?
  4. Is the cost of an ambulance covered if I had to use one outside of the province?

1. Do I have to pay for a road ambulance if one is called in an emergency situation?

Provincial Residents
Provincial residents with active coverage under the Medical Care Plan (MCP) who require transport by road ambulance within this province must pay a user fee of $115/trip. Some individuals in receipt of Income Support may have their patient fee paid through the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.

Non-Residents
For non-residents living or travelling in the province or provincial residents without active coverage under the Medical Care Plan (MCP), you are required to pay an administration fee of $125, a kilometre rate of $1.84/km as well as the patient fee of $115 per trip.

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2. Do I have to pay for an air ambulance if one is required ?

Provincial Residents
Patients with active coverage under the Medical Care Plan (MCP) that are transported by air ambulance must pay a user fee of $130. This user fee includes an $80 administration fee and a $50 medical escort fee. The patient fee associated with the use of a road ambulance to and from the air ambulance is covered by the Department of Health and Community Service.

Non-Residents
Non-residents are charged on a cost recovery basis for an air ambulance transport, including the costs associated with aircraft, medical escorts (e.g. salary, meals, accommodations, etc) and the road ambulance to and from the air ambulance.

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3. Do I have to pay for an ambulance to transfer me from one health facility to another?

If you are an inpatient in one health facility and is required to use an ambulance to transfer to another facility (e.g. for diagnostic test etc.) and is expected to return to the original facility then there is no charge for the ambulance.

If you are an inpatient or outpatient in a health facility and is required to transfer to another facility and remain there, then the standard road ambulance fee applies.

If a medical escort is required from a medical facility during an this interfacility transport, an additional $50 /trip is charged to the patient if they are residents of this province and full cost recovery will be charged to the patient (e.g. the medical escort’s salary, meals, accommodations, etc) if they are non residents.

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4. Is the cost of an ambulance covered if I had to use one outside of the province?

If a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador requires a road or air ambulance due to illness or injury while outside of the province, the resident will be charged for the transport at a rate established by the jurisdiction in which the transport occurred.

Individuals are encouraged to purchase travel insurance when travelling outside of the province to ensure adequate coverage in the event of illness or injury.

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