Ambulance fees eliminated for hospital transfers

The P.E.I. government is eliminating a $150 fee for transferring patients from one hospital to another, effective immediately.

The P.E.I. government is eliminating a $150 fee for transferring patients from one hospital to another, effective immediately.

The province will also dedicate one ambulance to transferring patients between facilities.

"Patients will sometimes visit more than one hospital over the course of their care," said Health Minister Doug Currie in a news release.

"Patients shouldn’t be burdened with the cost of the ambulance. Instead, they should be focused on their recovery.”

Currie said a new ambulance dedicated to transfers will free up other vehicles to respond more quickly to emergencies. The transfer ambulance will able to transport up to four patients at a time, and begin transferring patients early in January.

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