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Ambulance Charge in Cork/Kerry

  • 07-07-2003 1:48pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 81 ✭✭


    Just wondered if anyone knows if the Southern Health Board (Cork/Kerry) usually make an ambulance charge to someone who calls the emergency number to request an ambulance in an emergency?

    If they do, do you know how much they charge?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,819 ✭✭✭rymus


    they charge alright. A few years ago when my sister came off her motorbike someone phoned an ambulance and a few days/week later a bill came in the door from the SHB for a few hundred quid. I cant remember the exact amount, maybe you'll be able to find some info on www.shb.ie?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 81 ✭✭MazyMo


    I would have thought - maybe I'm completely wrong in thinking this - that the fire brigade would be much more expensive than an ambulance.

    Though according to this link

    http://www.oasis.gov.ie/public_utilities/fire_services.html

    the fire brigade fee for chimney fires is between €90 & €130.

    I wonder why the ambulance charge was a few hundred.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,819 ✭✭✭rymus


    Originally posted by MazyMo
    I wonder why the ambulance charge was a few hundred.

    maybe cos my sister is an awkward bitch? :D

    ...also, thought that fire brigade charge was per hour?!?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 81 ✭✭MazyMo


    I found out from the Health Board that the minimum charge for an ambulance called out in an emergency situation to non-medical card holders is € 75

    Journeys exceeding a 25 mile radius to the hospital are charged at € 3 per mile

    The maximum charge is € 450.

    So, maybe she was a long distance from the hospital??

    Also, apparently in Cork City & Co.Cork the fire brigade do not charge for domestic fires.

    Wow! Something that's free...


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,819 ✭✭✭rymus


    funny as it may seem... she was on the road outside the CUH. She could have limped or crawled the 500/600 metres to the A&E department. But no.. some moron called an ambulance for a minor accident.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,608 ✭✭✭✭sceptre


    Originally posted by rymus
    funny as it may seem... she was on the road outside the CUH. She could have limped or crawled the 500/600 metres to the A&E department. But no.. some moron called an ambulance for a minor accident.
    That brings up (what for me is) an interesting question.

    Let's say you're lying half-dead on the street and I call an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Can they actually make you pay given that you didn't agree to the service?

    (purely from a normal contract legal POV the answer would be a quick "no" but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience here)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 81 ✭✭MazyMo


    rymus, if I was your sister I'd check with the hospital and ask why I was charged a few hundred.

    She could possibly get a refund if they've overcharged; according to the figures they supplied me with, they should only have charged €75


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