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Seniors will soon have to pay $75 for ambulance service on P.E.I. (CBC)

Members of the P.E.I. Senior Citizens' Federation are worried about the $75 fee for ambulance services that seniors will now have to pay.

The province rolled out its healthcare spending changes Wednesday, and with a lower than usual budget increase, the ambulance fee for seniors was brought back.

Linda Jean Nicholson, executive director of the federation, said there should be an exemption for low-income islanders.

Nicholson said she's worried seniors who can't afford an ambulance, won't call one in an emergency.

"The primary concern of the P.E.I. Senior Citizens' Federation is for low-income seniors. We do not want someone that's low-income to hesitate to pick up the phone to call an ambulance when they need it because they don't have the $75."

Lives could be a stake, she warned.

The federation has contacted the health minister's office asking whether the service will be covered for seniors below a certain income level.

Nicholson said they are waiting for a response.