More than 650,000 ambulance transports are performed each year in Québec. However, this service is not free. As such, all ambulance trips to a hospital are normally at the expense of the person being transported, even if the call to the 911 emergency services was made by someone else. Some special governmental measures can apply.
- The base cost for a Canadian resident carried by ambulance is $125.00 for the initial patient management, plus $1.75 for every kilometre driven to get to the hospital. A $35.00 amount applies to initial management of any additional patient.
- The base cost for ambulance transport for someone who does not live in Canada is $400.00 for the initial patient management, plus $1.75 for every kilometre driven to get to the hospital.
- No additional fees are charged for a person accompanying the transported patient.
The Québec government provides much of funding for the prehospital emergency system.
Fees incurred to beneficiaries only represent a fraction of the actual costs of their ambulance transport.
Special Governmental Measures
The Québec government, through its departments and public bodies, bears 100% of the costs of ambulance transport for the following client groups:
- Individuals injured in a traffic accident (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec – SAAQ)
- Individuals injured in a workplace accident (La commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail – CSST)
- Individuals transported between 2 institutions from the health and social services system (Costs paid by institutions concerned);
- Individuals aged 65 years and older and income security beneficiaries (costs paid by the receiving hospital or the ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, subject to approval of the supervising physician)