The Province has introduced more affordable parking for frequent visitors to hospital.
Ontario is reducing a financial burden on patients and their loved ones by requiring hospitals that charge more than $10 per day for parking to offer discounted passes that would cut the daily maximum rates for frequent visitors by at least 50 per cent.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto today to highlight the discounts, which took effect on October 1.
Hospitals with a daily maximum rate of more than $10 are now providing 5, 10 and 30-day passes that are discounted by at least 50 per cent off the daily maximum rate.
The passes will also be transferrable among patients, caregivers and their vehicles and are equipped with in-and-out privileges throughout a 24-hour period. The passes are also valid for consecutive or non-consecutive days, at the choice of the pass user and are good for one year from the date of purchase.
About 900,000 patients and visitors per year across Ontario — including 135,000 seniors — are expected to benefit from reduced parking fees.
Across the province, 45 hospitals offer free parking and 63 charge $10 or less per day. It is estimated that 45 hospitals charge more than $10 per day.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says “The cost of parking can add up quickly for anyone who must go to a hospital for a series of treatments, or to visit a loved one. Requiring hospitals to cut their maximum daily parking rates in half is one of the ways we are helping people in their everyday lives.”
Health Minister Eric Hoskins also chimed in saying “When dealing with a health issue, patients and their families should not have the added burden of worrying about the high cost of parking when they go to the hospital. That is why, effective October 1, hospitals will now offer discounted parking passes to frequent visitors.”