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Air Ambulance Fees

Ambulance services are not considered an “insured” service under the Canada Health Act and therefore, use of ambulance services within the province are only partially subsidized for provincial residents holding a valid Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan (MCP) card.

If a patient covered by MCP requires a transfer or transport from one hospital facility to another for treatment or a procedure, there is no fee charged to the patient. The majority of air ambulance transits are in this category.

In the few cases that the transit is not inter-facility, a person covered by MCP is charged a standard patient fee of $130 for a medical evacuation, or medevac, via approved air ambulance transport. This fee also includes the coverage of any road ambulance utilized during the transport.

Persons not covered by MCP must pay the full cost recovery rate for all air ambulance services, which is calculated based on a number of variables that will change with each trip. For this reason, the cost recovery rate will vary with each flight. 

These fees are established by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services and are subject to change.

Authorization of Ambulance Services
Inter-facility air ambulance services must be properly authorized by a physician or nurse based on the medical needs of the patient. 

For a response to an out of hospital emergency incident, anyone can activate air ambulance by calling 1-877-709-0505.


Updated Aug 14, 2014