In a medical emergency dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for Ambulance, you do not need to be a member to use ambulance services in any State or Territory.

Having ambulance cover/membership is a personal choice, and the costs/benefits need to be considered by all individuals before making a decision.

  • Confusingly, ambulance costs and cover vary between States and Territories. We are providing a summary of the system in each State and Territory to help you break down the information, along with useful links for first hand information.

For all Australians:

  • Medicare does not cover ambulance costs.
  • If you have private health insurance it is important to look into what level of ambulance transport is included to decide if additional ambulance cover will benefit you.
    • Many funds only cover emergency transport but not non-emergency transport (eg. transfers to another hospital).
  • Ambulance cover does not apply while overseas.
  • Before travelling interstate become familiar with what your cover can provide.
  • Some Health Care Card holders and pensioners are automatically covered free of charge, refer to relevant State or Territory ambulance website to confirm if you are covered.

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