Is permission required from 1-1-2 when transporting someone to the hospital as a healthcare provider?

No, fortunately not. The recent legal changes pertain to ambulance care, which is quite different from transporting someone to the hospital or a general practitioner. Ambulance care encompasses much more than that. It is not necessary and even undesirable to report every transportation to the hospital to the Ambulance Dispatch Center. These calls create an additional burden on the emergency line (1-1-2). Dispatch centers are already being troubled by requests for transportation. For instance, people may refuse to pay for a taxi and opt for an ambulance because their insurance covers it. It’s clear that this is not the purpose of 1-1-2. The primary task of the dispatch center is to determine what kind and how much assistance is needed. Whenever possible, they will avoid using the scarce ambulances; in such cases, the requester will need to find their own solution. However, this does not mean you can do as you please.

Ambulance drivers are trained to navigate through challenging traffic situations and to use priority signals (sirens and flashing lights). For example, driving on the emergency lane without proper knowledge or without these signals is life-threatening. It should not be the case that you endanger your own life, the victim, or other road users. You are also not able to provide assistance on the way to the hospital, which you can do at the scene of the accident or illness. Except for very short distances, rushing someone, for instance, to the hospital for resuscitation, does not help. An ambulance provides more assurance that the victim will arrive at the hospital in the best possible condition. If you still wish to transport someone to the hospital, please behave in traffic as a regular road user. If something happens, the normal liabilities apply. An insurance company will pay out the same whether you have a sick or injured person with you or not, provided you are insured for it; it’s questionable whether this would be the case if you commit traffic violations out of concern for the victim. If you are concerned about the victim, you should definitely not transport them yourself but call for an ambulance.