05/14/2012 11:04 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia to lower ambulance fees for people in long-term care homes

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is lowering ambulance fees for people living in licensed long-term care homes and those with reduced mobility.

The fee to take nursing home and residential care facility residents to hospital will drop from $134.52 to $50.

The fee for people with reduced mobility and need an ambulance to get to medically necessary appointments will go down from $168.14 to $100.

The changes take effect July 1.

Health Minister Maureen MacDonald says people with low incomes will also be eligible for lower ambulance fees as of Sept. 1.

MacDonald says details on that change will come in August.