One in three Australians without ambulance cover would not call for emergency assistance if they thought they were having a heart attack, according to a new survey.
Results of a National Heart Foundation of Australia study indicated that while 84 per cent of those in Queensland and Tasmania would call for an ambulance in the situation, only 67 per cent of those in other states would contact 000.
The reason for the difference was access to universal ambulance cover, which Queensland and Tasmania offer.
"More than 40 per cent of uninsured people in states that do not have universal ambulance cover tell us that it's too expensive to call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance," National CEO of the Heart Foundation Dr Lyn Roberts said (January 27).
"Using an ambulance is the safest way to get to hospital and also results in faster access to the most appropriate treatment for heart attack," Dr Roberts added.
While the cost of emergency transport is not paid for by Medicare in most states, Australians may find peace of mind in the cover a private health insurance policy can provide.
More than 11,000 Australians were surveyed as part of the foundation's aim to address the reason why half of heart attack victims never make it to hospital.