Healthcare Activist Calls For Scrapping Hospital Parking Fees
The provincial coordinator of the Nova Scotia Health Coalition says it’s time to get rid of parking fees at hospitals.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the fees bring in about 10 million dollars a year, but Chris Parsons worries the fees might also carry costs.
He says some people don’t go the hospital because they can’t afford the fees, and they end up waiting until their conditions get much worse before they decide to seek care.
Parsons says Nova Scotia should follow the example of PEI, which stopped charging parking fees last month.
When the change was announced back in the spring, that province’s Health Minister, Robert Henderson, said the move was made to prevent cost from becoming a barrier to people supporting a loved one when they’re ill.
Meanwhile, New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network has just increased parking fees, saying the money is needed to pay for the upkeep of parking lots.