Sick and elderly people discharged from Christchurch Hospital are potentially being left out of pocket by exorbitant taxi fares home.
Dianne Pierce said she was flabbergasted at the cost quoted for a taxi for her neighbour, a wheelchair-bound patient – a $500 one-way trip to Rangiora, just 30 kilometres away.
All patients from Rangiora assessed by a paramedic and sent to the emergency department are eligible for a taxi home.
Canterbury District Health Board consumer council rural representative Joanne Gumbrell said the main problem was people not being aware of their rights, and that the service is not promoted by the CDHB or hospital staff.
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The average Christchurch ratepayer could be an extra $250 a year out of pocket if steep regional council rate hikes thought to be one among the highest in the country are brought in.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing increasing rates by either 24.5 per cent or 18 per cent, to cover the fallout of the Government’s new freshwater regulations.
This would be on top of district council rate rises, such as Christchurch City Council’s proposed five per cent increase, leaving many concerned about the combined toll of the cost to ratepayers. Read more here.