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Saskatchewan NDP would scrap ambulance fees

Saskatchewan NDP would scrap some ambulance fees they say hurt rural residents.
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REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Opposition is promising to end ambulance fees for patients transferred between facilities. NDP Leader Cam Broten also promises the party will scrap a per-kilometre rate for ambulances if it wins next month’s provincial election.

Broten made the pledges during a campaign-style announcement in Regina on Saturday morning.

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The party says Saskatchewan is the only province to charge for medically necessary ambulance transfers between health facilities and is one of only two provinces that doesn’t cap ambulance fees.

It says the per-kilometre fee disproportionately affects rural residents who must be transferred to city hospitals for care.

Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit, meanwhile, says the Sask. Party stands proudly by its record on healthcare, which he says is a stark contrast to that of the previous NDP government.

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