Ambulance Fees

Emergency Health Services

Ambulance Fees

The cost of ambulance service has never been covered by our health-care system. It’s up to each province to determine the cost of their service.

If you are a Nova Scotia resident with a valid Nova Scotia health card, the province pays the cost of transfers between approved facilities (ie; hospitals).  Otherwise, you will be charged a fee, as follows. Please keep in mind that if you have private insurance, this cost may be covered.

EHS Ground Ambulance Service Fees (As of April 1st, 2013)

  Medically Essential Transportation Inter-facility Transportation
Most Nova Scotians with a valid health card $142.30 $0.00
Non-Nova Scotians $711.60 $0.00
Non-Canadians & New Canadians $1,067.35 $1,067.35

People who are third party insured
(This includes people in a motor vehicle accident, covered by Worker’s Compensation, or the federal government.)  

$711.60 $711.60
Nova Scotians who are mobility challenged $105.80 N/A
Fee to transport nursing home and residential care facility residents to hospital $52.90 $0.00
For additional information regarding Ground Ambulance Service Fees please consult the Ambulance Fee Regulations

We recognize that not everyone can afford ambulance fees. That's why we have created the Ambulance Fee Assistance Program Form. If an ambulance fee will create financial hardship, we’ll offer you a repayment schedule. If you aren’t able to pay your bill because you don’t have enough income, you can apply to have the fee waived. You must do this within 90 days of the date on the bill. Please note that we base that decision on Statistics Canada's Low Income Measure.

For more information, please call the EHS billing office at 902-832-8337 or toll-free at 1-888-280-8884.

Appeals: If you disagree with the fee you were charged for ground ambulance service, you may appeal to the EHS Billing Office. You must do this within 30 days of the date on the bill. Call the billing office for more information at (902) 832-8337 or toll-free 1-888-280-8884.

If your concerns are not resolved you may appeal to the Service Fee Appeal Committee.

Download Service Fee Appeal Form in PDF format.