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Greens call for free paramedic services for concession holders and age pensioners in state budget

5 June 2024

The Greens are calling on the State Government to fund free paramedic services for concession holders and people receiving a full age pension in tomorrow’s state budget.

The cost of an emergency call-out and trip to hospital in South Australia is currently $1,137, plus $6.50 per kilometre travelled (

“Older South Australians are key users of ambulance services, but call-out fees are a significant barrier to access — especially when many are already reluctant to call an ambulance given the record instances of ramping”, said Greens SA Health Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.

“People living on the age pension and those who are eligible for concessions are already dealing with the cost-of-living crisis, including soaring energy prices, grocery costs, and rent hikes. They shouldn’t be slugged with even more costs simply for calling an ambulance.”

“Most other states and territories have made ambulance services free for pensioners or pension concession card holders, and in Queensland and Tasmania they are covered entirely by the State Governments. It’s time for the Malinauskas Government to step up and take action on this important issue.”

“Vulnerable South Australians shouldn’t be priced out of calling an ambulance in an emergency.”

The Council on the Ageing has written to the State Government and urged it to waive ambulance fees for pensioners in the upcoming state budget.