03/18/2016 10:50 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Ambulance ride could cost less if Conservatives win Manitoba election

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives are promising to cut ambulance fees in half if the party wins the April 19 election.

Leader Brian Pallister says many people face bills of $500 or more for an ambulance ride, and some try to drive themselves or get a ride to hospital.

Pallister says a Tory government would work with municipalities and health authorities and put up $11 million a year to cut fees in half.

The Liberals have promised to eliminate ambulance fees for low-income seniors earning under $20,000 a year.

Pallister says the Liberal plan offers no help to most people, and would create two-tier ambulance service.

The Canadian Press