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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4398 ..


(14) See response to Question 13.

ACT Ambulance Service—charges (Question No 1743)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 21 September 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Government Services and Procurement):

(1) How much was charged by the ACT Government for Ambulance services and how many services were provided for each of the last three years to (a) private individuals and of these how many were individuals who had more than one service in a year, (b) health insurance funds, (c) entities required to pay under worker's compensation, third party compensation or other similar legal requirements and (d) any other entities.

(2) What is the exemption or waiver category that applications from people who were "struggling to pay their for Ambulance fee" are assessed under.

(3) How many applications, how much money did the applications amount to and how much money was made by the ACT Government by exemption category or waiver for each of the last three years and (a) how much money, if any, in each category, was forgone or forgiven, by the ACT Government and (b) How much money is currently outstanding to the ACT Government broken down by exemption category, or otherwise (ie people who have not paid but not claimed they were struggling to pay).

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Shared Services is able to provide the following information on the number of potentially billable ambulance invoices (expressed in dollar amounts and number of invoices raised).

(a) Private individuals by financial year: 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Invoiced Ambulance Services Amount Number Amount Number Amount Number Invoices to Private Individuals $13.307m 16,187 $14.438m 17,345 $14.812m 17,625 Private individuals with multiple transport 1,768 1,843 1,929

(b) No billable invoices for ambulance services are recorded as being provided directly to Health Insurance Funds during the financial years 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2016-15. See question 3 (exemption from Ambulance fee).

(c) Invoice information about worker's compensation, third party compensation or similar legal requirement is subsumed under the total number of invoices raised to private individuals. Information about derivative use of issued invoices is not collected.

(d) Any other entities by financial year: 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Other Invoiced Entities Amount Number Amount Number Amount Number Department of Veterans Affairs Invoices $0.784m 1,089 $0.864m 1,179 $0.905m 1,208 Other additional invoiced categories - including Hospital to Hospital Transports, Services related to events etc (Number is the invoice volume, noting a single invoice may contain recovery for multiple services) $0.643m 354 $0.570m 288 $0.602m 284


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