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Ambulance fees for seniors and pensioners

  • Western Australians over 65, and in receipt of an Australian Government pension, are entitled to free ambulance services.
  • Western Australians over 65, who do not receive an Australian Government pension, are entitled to a 50 per cent discount off the cost of ambulance services.

Am I entitled to free ambulance transport as an older Western Australian?

For the purposes of using ambulance services, if you are over 65 years of age and permanently reside in Western Australia, you are considered either a senior citizen or an aged pensioner, and may be entitled to certain free or discounted ambulance services.

Am I a senior citizen or an aged pensioner?

If you are over 65 years, permanently residing in Western Australia, and in receipt of a full pension from Centrelink (external site) or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (external site) you are an aged pensioner, and entitled to free access to ambulance services.

If you are over 65 years, permanently residing in Western Australia, and not in receipt of a pension from Centrelink (external site) or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (external site), you are a senior citizen, and entitled to a 50 per cent discount off the normal price of ambulance services.

What ambulance services are free or discounted?

All emergency and urgent ambulance services are eligible, along with certain non-urgent services that are considered medically necessary.

‘Medically necessary’ means those patients needing to be cared for while being transported to a hospital or other approved medical facility for clinical assessment or treatment. Or alternatively, patients who are confused, whose conditions are unstable, and who require a stretcher, oxygen, or the skills of an ambulance officer.

In most cases, authorisation will be required from a medical practitioner for non-urgent ambulance transport. This may include a call from a hospital medical practitioner and/or your family GP.

More information

Contact St John Ambulance WA on (08) 9334 1222 or email info@stjohnambulance.com.au

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