Saskatchewan

Make ambulance trips free: Green Party

People who get sick or injured and need an ambulance shouldn't have to pay for it out of their own pockets, the Saskatchewan Green Party says.
People with medical problems shouldn't have to pay for ambulance trips, the Green Party says. (CBC)
People who get sick or injured and need an ambulance shouldn't have to pay for it out of their own pockets, the Saskatchewan Green Party says.

Putting ambulance fees under medicare is part of the election platform that was released by the Green Party Wednesday.

Currently, the maximum charge for an ambulance in Regina, Saskatoon and several other major cities is $325 per call, with a kilometre charge of $2.30 per kilometre.

However, if it's a medically necessary service, it should be covered free by the health care system,  Green Party Leader Victor Lau said in a news release.

Victor Lau, the leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party, is also calling for doctors to be put on salary rather than operate on a fee-for-service basis. (Dani Mario/CBC)

"Extra billing for ambulance service is a burden on the elderly and the poor," Lau said.

Saskatchewan's Greens also say the province should move away from paying doctors for each service they provide and instead put them on salary.

"Fee-for-service encourages doctors to spend less time with patients," said Victor Lau in the release. "Salaried doctors would have the time to put patient care first."

Lau, who became the Green Party leader last month, is running in Regina Douglas Park.

In the last election, the party was fourth in the popular vote, picking up two per cent of votes cast.

The provincial election will be held Nov. 7.

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