To apply for this remission provision, please review the detailed information below to ensure you qualify.
The Regulation enables remission of the ambulance fee when another person or insurer refuses to pay the fee as a result of a delay in issuing the initial invoice and this refusal to pay creates a great hardship for the patient. The Remission Regulation includes two provisions for invoicing delays:
- The delay must be greater than 12 months from the date service was provided
- The delay must result in an insurer refusing to pay
When either of these circumstances apply the fee can be remised only if imposing the fee would cause great hardship for the patient. You satisfy the great hardship requirement of the Regulation if your adjusted net income is less than $42,000.
Please note: BCEHS can only consider claims for financial hardship from Canadian residents. New immigrants and visitors are not eligible to claim financial hardship. New immigrants sign a declaration saying they or a sponsor will cover any medical costs, and visitors are expected to buy medical travel insurance before arriving in British Columbia.
If you have reviewed the financial hardship appeal information and wish to apply, please provide the following:
- A completed and signed Application for Fee Remission Due to Financial Hardship (EHS 2598) form (PDF)
- A copy of the applicant’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) most recent Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment
- Other documents that you feel may support your claim of financial hardship
- If someone has power of attorney or another legal representation agreement and is signing on your behalf, include a copy of the agreement
BCEHS – Ambulance Billing
PO Box 9676 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9P7
Toll free: 1-800-665-7199