Ontario is making hospital parking more affordable for thousands of patients, their loved ones and caregivers in the Golden Horseshoe Region and across the province. As of October 1, 2016, hospitals that charge more than $10 a day for parking will be required to provide 5-, 10- and 30-day passes that are:
Ontario consulted with patients, patient advocacy groups, hospitals and the Ontario Hospital Association to find a fair plan that reduces the financial burden of parking fees for patients and their visitors.
Between now and October 1, 2016, hospitals will work directly with their Patient and Family Advisory Councils to implement this new policy, ensuring that it is well promoted and easy to understand. Each hospital will provide details on its specific parking policy and discounts.
Approximately 900,000 patients and visitors – including 135,000 seniors – are expected to benefit from reduced parking fees each year.
Saving patients and their loved ones money on hospital parking is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.
“With today’s announcement, patients and their families in Oakville, the Golden Horseshoe, and all across the province will benefit from savings on hospital parking fees. Our government is following through on our commitment to help ensure that high parking fees will not be a barrier for patients and their loved ones who have to access the hospital often. It’s part of our commitment to put patients first and to make our health care system more accessible to all.”
– Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
“Parking fees should never be a barrier for patients when they go to the hospital. With today’s announcement, we are providing relief from the high cost of parking at some hospitals in Ontario. By making parking more affordable for patients and their loved ones who visit the hospital often, we are helping to reduce the burden of parking fees and putting patients first.”
– Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Seniors and their families will benefit from this improvement. Parking fees can be an impediment for those who frequently visit or need hospital services the most. This will be a positive change for seniors across the province.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs
“Increasing access to care is an important priority for the Mississauga Halton LHIN so that residents receive the care they need, when and where they need it. We are pleased with the Ontario government’s commitment to putting patients and their families first by helping make it easier to seek care or visit loved ones in the hospital. These parking fee changes will greatly help to increase access to care."
– Bill MacLeod, CEO of Mississauga Halton LHIN
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