State Labor's ambulance cover changes show that it does not understand the cost of living pressure on South Australian families and cares even less about people in regional South Australia" according to Shadow Minister for Health, Stephen Wade.
The cost of nationwide ambulance cover is increasing by 21% this year.
“South Australian families are already doing it tough and this increase will mean that many will be faced with the worrying decision to drop their cover or drop back to new South-Australia only cover and run the risk of an expensive ambulance transfer,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“Interstate travel for work or leisure is becoming increasingly common - people need more interstate cover not less.
“The changes also fail to appreciate the reality of life in our border regions where work, family, sport and community responsibilities mean that many South Australians live their lives in two States.
“There are sports leagues that include both South Australian and Victorian teams and South Australians who work in Victorian towns.
“For many people in the border regions, particularly the Riverland, Mount Gambier and the South East, going interstate is not an event, it is the daily reality of living in two States.
“For them Victoria is local.
“It is completely unfair that country South Australians have to pay 21% more for local ambulance services than other South Australians.”