Baillieu/Ryan Government To Provide More Affordable Access To Ambulances

Baillieu/Ryan Government To Provide More Affordable Access To Ambulances

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Coalition To Halve Ambulance Membership Fees To Support VIC Families

Victor P Taffa

A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will cut the cost of Ambulance Victoria membership by half to help Victorian Families struggling with rising living costs, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.

Launching the Coalition’s $241.9 Million Plan for Cheaper Ambulance Membership in Ballarat today, Mr. Baillieu said Victorian families deserved cheaper access to vital Ambulance Services.

“Victorian Families are struggling with day to day living costs that are increasing at an alarming rate.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“Under Premier John Brumby, the cost of living keeps rising but basic services are going backwards.”

 

“Victorians are paying more but getting less because of Labor’s incompetence and waste.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“A Coalition Government will fix these problems with cheaper access to vital ambulance services by increasing funding to Ambulance Victoria from the start of the 2011-12 financial year to cover the cost of a 50 % Reduction in Membership Fees.”

Under the Coalition’s Plan, the cost of an Annual Family Membership of Ambulance Victoria will be reduced from $150 to $75 and singles will pay $37.50 per year instead of $75.

The Plan will cover both new Memberships and renewals of existing Memberships.

“The Coalition’s Plan will reduce costs for more than one Million Members of Ambulance Victoria and make Ambulance Membership more attractive for new members.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“Cheaper ambulance membership means more Victorians can get covered so they can call for an ambulance for a family member without worrying about the cost, including children who may need emergency transport while at kindergarten or school.” Mr. Baillieu said.

Ambulance membership protects families from the high cost of Ambulance Treatment and Transport, covering all emergency Ambulance Transport, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance attendance, air Ambulance Transport and Newborn Emergency Transport Services.

As at June this year, there were 562,075 family memberships and 429,782 single memberships of Ambulance Victoria, with more than 1 Million members in total including life and other members.

All funds generated from Ambulance Victoria memberships are directed back into operating and improving the ambulance service, including the education and equipping of Victoria’s Paramedics.

Holders of Victorian Health Care Cards and Pensioner Concession Cards and their listed dependents are entitled to free Ambulance and Air Ambulance Transport anywhere in Australia.

The Coalition’s Plan for cheaper Ambulance Membership builds on its previous commitments to fund an additional 340 Ambulance Staff across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, as well as ten new MICA Single Responder Units across Regional Victoria, to fix the problems created by 11 years of Labor’s neglect of Ambulance Services.

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