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Joint funding for ambulance services considered

Consultation on a joint ACC and Ministry of Health funding model for emergency ambulance services

The National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) is seeking submissions on options for a joint ACC and Ministry of Health funding model for emergency ambulance services (both road and air).

Currently, both ACC and the Ministry of Health fund emergency ambulance services, using two different approaches. The Ministry of Health currently bulk funds ambulances for services while ACC pays on a fee-for-service basis for clients transported.

The National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) is undertaking the consultation process on behalf of ACC and the Ministry of Health and the consultation discussion document has received Cabinet Committee approval.

“Consistent funding between the Ministry of Health and ACC will result in an easier to manage system for providers and address current anomalies that exist due to the different approaches,” said NASO Group Manager Carol Clayton.

The consultation document and information about how to make a written submission are available at www.naso.govt.nz. Submissions close at 5pm on 15 December 2010.

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