AMHERST - With no increase in budgets for district health authorities, some have taken it upon themselves to charge patients for blood collection.
The Cumberland Health Authority has no plans to start that practice.
"We don't charge patients for blood collection and we don't plan to," said Ann Keddy, spokesperson for the authority.
The South Shore authority is charging patients $10 for blood collection. For frequent users, the fee is a little less at $8.
"We have clinics in places such as River Hebert, but they're for the convenience of our population," she said.
The province isn't increasing the budgets for the nine health authorities, and Keddy said the Cumberland Health Authority was fortunate.
"We were able to look at belt tightening in other places," she said.
Keddy said the authority was able to find that money through a number of means, including better managing of sick leave and overtime.
"We also had a number of vacancies that had gone unfilled for some time, so we eliminated those," she added.