Ambulance Levy Rips off Holiday Home Owners

2 Sep 2009 2:57 PMJann Stuckey

2 September 2009

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey today in the State Parliament exposed a rort in the Government’s Community Ambulance Levy when it was revealed holiday home owners are charged despite already paying for the service.

“Two weeks ago I was contacted by an elderly woman Mrs Lavinia Way whose 85 year old husband required urgent ambulance assistance,” said Ms Stuckey

“Mr and Mrs Way own a holiday property at Tugun on the Gold Coast and as such have paid the Community Ambulance Levy since its inception in 2003.

“Not surprisingly Mrs Way was shocked to discover upon needing to call an ambulance for her 85 year old husband, that they were not covered by the fund.

“It seems that to use the service that they have paid for since 2003, one must be a resident of Queensland for more than six months of the year.

“If that is the case, then people who have holiday homes should be exempt from paying for the Community ambulance cover.

“No government can introduce a compulsory fee and then deny the service that this fee pays for, as according to Mrs Way, this amounts to fraud.

“Mrs Way is seeking a refund on the fees paid over the last six years and an exemption from paying any fees for the Community ambulance in the future.

“It really is immoral for the Queensland government to charge people a fee for a service that in reality, does not exist.

“Even the call centre operators at Smart Service Queensland agree that the government levying people who have no rights to the service is wrong. Yet they have since been told not to pass on their personal views.

‘How many other innocent people have been slugged this fee?

‘What will the Minister do to address this unfair practice that placed unnecessary stress on a seriously ill man and his wife?

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Contact Jann Stuckey 0439 755919