The Saskatchewan NDP’s health critic is calling Saskatchewan’s ambulance rates “high.”
“I think, right now, it’s completely unacceptable,” said Vicki Mowat.
Mowat rose in the house during session Monday to speak about the province’s high ambulance rates, noting government documents show the average cost per call close to $1100 for the patient.
Government documents also showed the cost of transferring a patient to Saskatoon from Nipawin hospital for an MRI came out over $1500.
Health Minister Jim Reiter noted it’d be nice if everything was covered.
“In extreme cases, in most instances I’m told that the ambulance providers are willing to make arrangements for the person for some type of term payment.”
Reiter does acknowledge the province is looking at a strategy for this.
“We review this every year at budget time. We try to find a reasonable compromise.”
For Mowat, that would be good.
“It would put us on par with every jurisdiction in the country.”