Hospitals charge up to € 25 per day for parking despite promise of reform

Several hospitals continue to charge more than € 10 a day for parking costs, despite promises to cap the daily cost three years ago.

They include a charge of up to € 25 for one of the parking lots at Notre Dame de Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth.

The South Cork Infirmary costs € 13.95, St James’s Hospital Dublin € 15 and Kerry University Hospital € 12.

The daily rate is € 15 at both University Hospital Cork and Mater Hospital Dublin. St Vincent Hospital in Dublin charges € 14.50 for daily parking.

HSE-managed hospitals generate around € 12 million per year in hospital parking revenue.

A review in 2018 found that nine hospitals offered free parking and of the 34 that have paid parking lots, 32 had some form of exemption in place, according to Yvonne Goff, national director of acute care strategy and planning. HSE.

“Hospitals have introduced parking charges over the past decade to cover the costs of these services without affecting the hospital budget for patient services,” she told Fianna Fáil TD John Lahart.

“As the demand for parking in hospitals increases, the cost associated with providing these services also increases, such as the initial investment cost of purchasing or renting parking lots, the cost of development. additional parking spaces, the need to provide and upgrade security systems. , ensure the personnel and general maintenance of the car parks. “

She said exemptions for parking fees range from flexible day passes or multi-trip passes for regular inpatients, to specific concessions based on the type of patient hospitalized.

The program for the government commits to introduce a cap on the maximum daily rate for patients and visitors at all public hospitals and, where possible, to introduce flexible passes.

Ms Goff added: “The Department of Health and HSE are engaging on this issue in order to achieve this new government engagement agenda.”

A recent report from the Irish Cancer Society on the cost to families of childhood cancer found that almost all of the costs of getting to and from appointments are related to the experience.

These costs include transportation, parking, restaurant meals, accommodation, and items such as tolls and car maintenance.

“The median cost per month is € 398, while the average is € 989,” he said.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “The program for the government commits to introducing a cap on the maximum daily load for patients and visitors at all public hospitals where possible and to introduce permits. – spend flexible in all public hospitals for patients and their families.

I am very aware of the financial burden this issue can place on some patients and families.

“As a result, my department and the HSE are currently reviewing the matter, including the review of the review submitted in 2018.”

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