Paramedics Australasia president Ian Patrick today released a statement of support for the concept of Universal Ambulance Cover, commenting on calls by the Consumers Health Forum, Heart Foundation, Stroke Foundation and Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association for free nationwide emergency medical services.

“As paramedics we have an intimate knowledge of the importance of access to appropriate out-of-hospital health care.  If people do not access suitable health services or are reluctant to call an ambulance service in times of need, this can put their lives at risk.” Mr Patrick has said.

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