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Francis Taylor

Updated 24/04/2024

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What is ambulance cover?
Where can I buy ambulance cover in Victoria?
Ambulance fees in Victoria
Services Covered for Ambulance Victoria members
Does Medicare cover ambulance fees in Victoria?
Who is exempt from paying ambulance fees in Victoria?
Things to consider when purchasing ambulance cover in Victoria
How do I purchase ambulance cover in Victoria?

Ambulance services in Victoria responded to over 1 million calls for help, according to their 2022-2023 Annual Report.1Ambulance Victoria, Ambulance Victoria – Annual Report 2022 – 2023, page 4,   

If you live in Victoria and need to be treated or transported by ambulance, it’s important to note that you’ll be charged a fee for these services, unless you qualify for free ambulance cover or have an adequate Health Insurance policy that includes ambulance cover.

What is ambulance cover?

Ambulance cover reimburses you for the cost of ambulance transport and treatment. In Victoria it can be taken out as part of your hospital or general treatment cover, or as a stand-alone cover. 

Not all policies provide the same level of ambulance cover, so you’ll need to check what your individual policy includes. For example, are you covered for both emergency and clinically necessary non-emergency situations? What about incidents that take place outside of Victoria? 

Where can I buy ambulance cover in Victoria?

In the state of Victoria, you can purchase ambulance cover through a private health fund. 

If you don’t have Private Health Insurance, you can purchase an Ambulance Victoria membership, which can cover you for emergency ambulance transport and treatment by paramedics.

Ambulance fees in Victoria

In Victoria, the cost of road ambulance transport depends on whether the event is an emergency or non-emergency, the area it takes place (metropolitan or regional and rural), and the use of a stretcher or a clinic car service (for non-emergency transport). Ambulance Victoria is responsible for deciding the best way to transport a patient. 

Here are the fees involved for different types of ambulance services in Victoria compared with fees for Ambulance Victoria members (applicable from 1 July 2023): 

Ambulance fees2Department of Health – Ambulance Fees Ambulance fees for Ambulance Victoria members3Ambulance Victoria – Membership Fees and Terms
Metropolitan Emergency Road Transport: $1358

Regional and Rural Emergency Road Transport: $2004 
Singles: $12.99 (quarterly, direct debit) or $51.94 per year.

Families: $25.97 (quarterly, direct debit) or $103.88 per year. 
Non-emergency road transport fees (Clinic car services are only available in Metropolitan Melbourne and selected regional and rural locations)

Metropolitan Non-Emergency Road stretcher: $367

Clinic car: $121

Regional and Rural Non-Emergency Road stretcher: $620

Clinic car: N/A  
Treatment without transport: $586 

As you can see, membership fees for Ambulance Victoria are significantly cheaper than outright ambulance services.

Services Covered for Ambulance Victoria members

In Victoria: 

  • Emergency road ambulance transport; 
  • MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) attendance and treatment; 
  • Emergency air ambulance and clinically necessary non-emergency air ambulance; 
  • Ambulance treatment when transport is not required; 
  • Clinically necessary non-emergency patient transport to the nearest medical facility able to treat you. This needs to be pre-approved by Ambulance Victoria; 

While travelling interstate within Australia: 

  • Emergency ambulance treatment and transport services while travelling interstate provided by that state’s registered Ambulance service when the result of a Triple Zero (000) emergency call. The ambulance service in that state will take you to the nearest medical facility that can treat you.
  • Clinically necessary non-emergency patient transport to the nearest medical facility able to treat you. This needs to be pre-approved in writing by Ambulance Victoria and does not include return to Victoria for treatment at a facility of choice.

Helpful Tip:

You can get Ambulance Cover from a Private Health fund at any age and because Health Insurance is community-rated, you won’t end up paying a higher price because of your age. In fact, if eligible for a rebate,  people over 70 can get more off their Ambulance Cover than younger people!

Dr. Jill Gamberg

GP and Lifestyle Coach

Does Medicare cover ambulance fees in Victoria? 

No, Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of ambulance services in Victoria or anywhere in Australia.

Who is exempt from paying ambulance fees in Victoria? 

Under the State Concession Scheme in Victoria, holders of a Pensioner Concession Card or a Health Care Card are eligible for free clinically necessary ambulance transport services. 

If you don’t hold one of these cards and would like to be covered for emergency ambulance services, you’ll need to take out ambulance cover through a private health fund, or take out a membership with Ambulance Victoria.

Things to consider when purchasing ambulance cover in Victoria

As different policies will have different inclusions, it’s important you check exactly what’s covered by your policy, as well as any limitations or exclusions. 

Here are some of the questions you may want to ask about your ambulance cover policy: 

Am I covered for interstate travel? 

Check whether you’re covered in any other states, or only for ambulance services within Victoria. 

Am I covered for non-emergency situations? 

Some policies only cover you for emergency situations. Check what your policy includes, as well as how it defines an “emergency”. 

Does my policy cover call-out fees? 

You might find your policy doesn’t cover ambulance call-out fees, i.e. if you receive treatment at the scene, but aren’t transported to hospital. 

Am I covered for air ambulance and other transport? 

See if your policy covers transport by other means, such as air ambulance and other state or private transport providers. 

Are there any waiting periods on my policy? 

Certain policies will have waiting periods before you can use your ambulance cover, so be sure to check how your policy works. 

Do I need to make a co-payment towards the ambulance fee? 

Find out whether your policy covers you for the full amount of your ambulance costs, or whether you need to make a co-payment towards this.

How do I purchase ambulance cover in Victoria?

If you’re looking to purchase ambulance cover included with Private Health Insurance, it’s simple to compare from a range of policies and providers using iSelect. Otherwise, you can purchase cover for emergency ambulance transport directly as a member of Ambulance Victoria. 

We can help you find a suitable policy from our range of providers, so you can enjoy peace of mind.  

To learn more about buying ambulance cover in Victoria as part of your Health Insurance, call us today on 1800 784 772.

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