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Clarification over ambulance charges

The New Zealand College of Midwives is continuing to receive enquiries from members experiencing instances where St John has invoiced women for ambulance transfers from home during labour, or for other maternity related needs.

The Ministry of Health has clarified that there should be no charge for emergency ambulance transport for any maternity related transfers requested by a health professional. In practical terms this means that women should not be charged for any ambulance transfer, throughout pregnancy, childbirth and for the first six weeks of a baby's life from home or a community primary maternity facility where the transfer is requested by a midwife.

Members are welcome to contact the College’s national office if they are aware of women being invoiced in similar situations in their region for assistance to resolve the issue.