A life / death issue:
I understand that any emergency medical service - private or state - is obliged to respond to a life threatening case when called upon.
I understand the cost of getting a patient to a hospital is in the region of R 6,000 - depending on the level of care.
Why then does it appear that private emergency services are hesitant to respond when they find out that a person does not have medical aid?
Or do we have to acknowledge that a private emergency service have the right to refuse service in this case and let the patient wait for an alternative state service?
Will a blanket response to all emergencies - regardless of medical aid - put them out of business?
What are the facts and how do we solve this problem for Harties to save valuable minutes when someone without medical aid is in distress?