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    Default Are you covered if you use an Ambulance (or have one called for you)

    After talking about using an Ambulance in a thread it got me thinking.


    Do you think Medicare cover's the Ambulance bill?

    Do you know what happens in your State/Territory if
    you us an Ambulance?

    Like who pays the bill?
    How much does it cost?
    What are you covered for?

    I thought it would be interesting to see what people know.
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    I'm in Queensland. Everybody with an electricty account pays an ambulance levy.

    I think that means you don't have to pay if you call an ambulance. But I think they can charge you (or fine you) if you call one without good reason. (not sure though). Apparently people call them for all sorts of wacky reasons.

    It must be different in other states because on my private health insurance statement, there's provision for ambulance cover but that bit doesn't apply in Queensland.

    I've been lucky enough never to have to call one.

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    I myself am in QLD, and we pay an Ambulance levy on our electricity bills so all charges should be covered for everyone.... I think lol

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    I am pretty sure our ambulance levy on our electricity bill pays for the bill if we need a ambulance. I am in Qld.

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    I'm in NSW and you have to organise your own coverage privately through a health insurance company. I hadn't been covered for nearly 10 years but went and got coverage while I was pregnant (in case I fainted and someone called an ambulance- or worse). If I were to need an ambulance I'd be paying- usually around $200 but if you need a helicopter it could be a lot more.

    It is definitely worthwhile making sure you're covered.

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    I'm also in QLD, but as far as I'm aware you only get a "free" ambo (i,.e. covered by the ambulance cover on your power bill) if it's an accident, not an illness.

    So, a car crash or falling off a roof is covered, but appendicitis or asthma attack isn't.

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    another queenslander here. i have used an ambulance several times and have never been charged at all. from what i know off, all ambulances are free in qld

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    That makes sense Nonny! I'm in qld and don't pay elec bcoz I live in an edu dept house. But when DF and I rolled our car earlier in the year we called 000 got 2 ambulances, 2 police cars and 2 fire trucks sent out to us but never got a bill!

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    I just checked and am happy to be wrong. :-)

    The only time you may pay is if you use the ambo for transport between home and hospital or public to private hospital when it is not urgent, and then your private insurance may cover it.

    http://www.ambulance.qld.gov.au/subscribe/faq.asp

    ETA - the rules I was thinking of are the ones that applied in NZ when I lived there.

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    i dont think QLD has to pay. after seeing the amount of people being taken away in them on weekends for too much drinking/ drug use and myself having used them many times and even used for coop only coz we had no other way to get to childrens hospital at 2am we have never recieved a bit


 

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