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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2324 ..


(2) How many of these positions are available in each year.

(3) If not positions are available to paramedic graduates, what is the rationale for this.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Paramedic graduates are able to apply for any positions within the ACT Ambulance Service.

(2) This depends on the number of new and vacated positions that become available each year.

(3) Not applicable.

ACT Ambulance Service—fees (Question No 1372)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 11 May 2018:

(1) How many of the 52 084 ACT Ambulance Service responses in 2016-17 (a) incurred a full fee to the user, (b) were covered by private health insurance, (c) were NSW, NT, VIC, SA or TAS residents whose fee was covered by their membership of their State or Territory's ambulance service, (d) had the fee waived due to exemption criteria of (i) were school students at school, (ii) were pensioners or concession card holders, (iii) were residents injured in a motor vehicle accident entitled to free ambulance services as a part of their compulsory third party insurance, (iv) was deemed to be the act of a good samaritan and (v) other exceptional circumstances.

(2) How many applications, in 2016-17, seeking exemption from ambulance fees on the grounds of financial hardship were (a) lodged and (b) approved.

(3) How many ambulance fees in 2016-17 are deemed to be either unpaid or overdue.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Of the total number of potentially billable ambulance service responses received by ACT Shared Services in the 2016-17 financial year:

(a) 17 per cent incurred a full fee to the user.

(b) 15 per cent were covered by private health insurance.

(c) This figure is not recorded in this manner as it is counted within the figure for private health insurance.

(d) (i) 1 per cent were school students at school and were exempt.

(ii) 44 per cent were pensioners or concession card holders.

(iii) 2 per cent were residents injured in a motor vehicle accident entitled to free ambulance services as a part of their compulsory third party insurance.

(iv) No applications were received or cases identified as receiving ambulance services due to injuries sustained while performing an act of good samaritans in the 2016 17 financial year.


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