大家是不是一直以为澳洲救护车是免费的? 至少四分之一的Aussies这么认为!

mel_游洋雅思2022-08-02 16:57:19



虽然一趟紧急医院之旅的花费可能高达数千元,但大部分澳人实际并不了解呼叫救护车的实际费用,不少澳人还误以为是免费。下面就来看看澳洲各州与领地呼叫救护车的费用吧。

49%澳人不了解救护车费用

在对1500名澳人进行调查后,对比网站comparethemarket.com.au的一份最新研究显示,25%的受访者误以为“在澳洲所有的州与领地,所有的紧急服务”都是免费的。

同时,24%的受访者预计的救护车费用是实际花费的不到1/3。这意味着,对于澳洲呼救护车的费用,49%的澳人毫无头绪。

这一结果令Comparethemarket.com.au的女发言人科赫(Abigail Koch)感到意外。

人们对呼叫救护车费用不了解的原因可能是因为使用的机会太少。”科赫称,“但是这件事情值得他们了解。”

科赫表示,“救护车是澳洲最繁忙也是最贵的交通工具。对于澳人来说,购买保险覆盖救护车费用从而避免被高额医药费所伤害是至关重要的。

购买澳洲的商业健康保险通常意味着救护车费用已经被覆盖,但重要的是检查保险覆盖范围符合个人需要。

偏远地区救护车费用更高

虽然昆州与塔州呼叫救护车是免费的,但其他州与领地的居民需要保险覆盖此项,否则遇到紧急情况时会导致钱包大出血。

在维州,救护车的标准费用是1204元(澳元,下同),但仍有37%的维州居民相信呼叫救护车是免费,另有55%的认为费用不足500元。

此外,澳的救护西车费用也是固定的,为949元。但在澳洲其他州与领地,除了基础的呼叫费用外,救护车还根据距离收取额外的费用。

例如南澳的救护车费用就是955元基础费用,再加上每公里5.5元的额外费用。而在北领地,呼叫救护车的基本费用是936元,但如果超出北领地的范围,则每公里加收12元。

值得一提的是,虽然新州的救护车费用为372元基础费用加上每公里3.35元的额外费用,但封顶费用高达6095元。这对于住在医院附近的新州居民也许无所谓,但对于住在偏远郊区的人来说,会导致钱包大出血。更别提还有46%的新州受访者认为救护车是免费或费用不超过300元。

不要因太贵错过呼叫时机

不过,保险公司HCF产品主管托马斯(Lorraine Thomas)表示,不能因为高昂的救护车费用阻止人们在紧急情况下寻求帮助。

“如果你遇到紧急医疗状况,不要犹豫立马呼叫救护车,人们不要也不应该在此时考虑潜在费用。”托马斯称,“就与任何种类的保险一样,最重要的是你了解保险覆盖的范围,所以在谈及健康基金时,提出问题并确保你已了解自己的保险条例。”

The most expensive taxi they’ll ever take: Aussies ignorant about ambulance costs

The most expensive taxi they’ll ever take: Aussies ignorant about ambulance costs.


With 4.3 million ambulance service responses in 2015-2016 and 7.8 million emergency department hospitalisations in 2016-17, ambulance is a service most Aussies will use at least once in their lives.

Yet a new survey has revealed many could be left with huge bill shock after an ambulance ride. Incredibly, almost half (49%) of Australians surveyed thought an ambulance trip was free or up to a third of the actual cost.

The survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1500 Australian adults was commissioned by leading financial comparison service to discover how many Australians actually knew the cost of an ambulance trip.

In Australia, ambulances are only covered by the State Government if you live in Queensland or Tasmania. In Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and the ACT, the cost is close to $1000 per ride. Worryingly, 25 per cent of survey respondents believed that ambulances were free for emergencies across all states.

How do residents in each State compare?

The survey revealed that 60 per cent of New South Wales residents living 5km from the nearest hospital believed an ambulance ride would be under $300 or entirely free. In reality, the call out fee for New South Wales alone is $372, with an additional $3.35-per-kilometre charge capped at $6095.

The costs for Victorians and South Australians are even higher, with an ambulance bill coming in at $1204 and at least $955 respectively. Yet 55 per cent of Victorians and 32 per cent of South Australians believed costs were free or under $500.

Ambulance costs in both Western Australia and the ACT are over $900, yet 49 per cent of West Australians and 41 per cent of ACT residents believed an ambulance trip was free or under $500.

Abigail Koch, household savings and health cover expert at comparethemarket.com.au, said: “An ambulance is the busiest and most expensive taxi we’ll ever take. We hope that we’ll never need one. Should we require a trip to the hospital, including the additional fees for medical treatment and care, many of us could be left with skyrocketing bills after a health incident.”

“With the cost of a single ambulance ride close to $1000, it is vital Australians are covered for ambulance costs to avoid being stung with exorbitant medical bills. Depending on your budget, you can opt for ambulance cover as a standalone policy, or include it within your private hospital cover. This means you can enjoy the best of both worlds by not only avoiding costly ambulance fees, but also long public hospital waiting lists. To find a level of ambulance cover that is right for you – and your budget – compare policies on comparethemarket.com.au.”

 

Ambulance costs in Australia
StatePerception of costs by survey respondentsActual cost
National25% believe a trip is free for emergencies


49% believe a trip is up to $300

Varies by state
NSW46% believe a trip is free or under $300


60% of residents living 5km from a hospital think it’s free or under $300

$372 + $3.35/km
Vic37% believe a trip is free or under $300


55% believe a trip is free or under $500

$1204
SA32% believe a trip is free or under $500


33% of residents living 10km from a hospital think it’s free or under $500

$955 + $5.50/km
WA34% think a trip is free or under $300


49% think it’s free or under $500

$949
ACT22% think a trip is free or under $300


41% think it’s free or under $500

$936 + $12/km travelled outside of ACT
QLD35% didn’t know ambulances are freeFree
Tas42% didn’t know ambulances are freeFree


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