Patients transported by St John Ambulance in emergencies will
be charged more by the organisation as it tries to keep up
In some areas the charge will rise by $13.00.
Patients pay a part-charge to St John if they are treated by
an ambulance officer or transported in an ambulance because
of a medical emergency.
"We are increasing our part charges in response to increasing
demand for our services. In the year ending 30 June 2013 the
number of 111 emergency calls for an ambulance increased by
over 14,000 compared to the previous year," St John
operations director Michael Brooke said.
"People tell us they are comfortable to pay a part charge,
given the high quality of the service and treatment they
receive, and when they understand that the part charge goes
towards funding frontline ambulance staff."
St John does not provide emergency ambulance services in
Wellington or Wairarapa.
Contracts with the Ministry of Health, ACC and District
Health Boards fund nearly 80 per cent of St John Ambulance
Service direct operating costs. The shortfall is made up from
community donations, fundraising, revenue from commercial
activities, the contribution of volunteers, as well as
contributions from part charges.
St John is a charity and relies on financial and voluntary
support from the community to help fund all the services it
provides to New Zealanders.
Nearly 5000 St John staff are involved in emergency
ambulance, patient transfer services and events - over 60 per
cent of whom are volunteers.
They care for and save the lives of thousands of New
Zealanders and visitors to the country every year. St John
staff treat over 415,000 people each year.
Northland, Taranaki, Manawatu, Whanganui: Current rate $75,
rate from April $88
Auckland Coromandel, Waikato (including Taumarunui), Bay of
Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Lakes, Tairawhiti, all of the South
Island: Current rate $84, rate from April $88
Flat rate for those not eligible for New Zealand publicly
funded health services: Current rate: $769, rate from April