Parking rates go up at Sault Area Hospital

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Sault Area Hospital (SAH) is advising area residents of an increase in parking rates. Effective December 30, 2015, the gate rate will increase to $6 per visit and the monthly parking passes will increase to $66.67.
Parking fees will increase for everyone, including staff and physicians. “Over the past several years,there have been substantial cost increases across all operations of our organization,” says Ron Gagnon, President & CEO. “Hospital funding has changed dramatically, we have not seen increases to our base funding for the last 4 years, and the effects of hospital based inflation continue to have their impact,” he adds.

One of the ways hospitals across Ontario are coping with budgetary restraints is through revenue generation. “This decision was not made lightly. Parking fees is one of the ways hospitals generate revenue and the reality is that we have to look at all options to financially support quality care,” explains Gagnon.

These new parking rates will put SAH in line with their Northern Ontario counterparts. “Our parking rates have remained unchanged since 2009 and since then, there have been a number of factors which have affected both our parking lot and overall operations,” says Gagnon.

Discounted monthly passes at a cost of $66.67 are available for patients or visitors who attend the hospital on a regular basis. Parking cards can be purchased at the Cashier’s Office (level 2, off the lobby entrance) Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
To find out more about SAH, please visit us at: www.sah.on.ca

32 COMMENTS

  1. Until someone snaps a photo of you going over the curb and forwards it to the cops.
    Damaging public property and theft under $5000 would look good on you.

  2. The fact that it costs even more to park at a hospital in Toronto does not make it right. Let’s all be very clear on what this fee is…it’s a regressive tax that disproportionately hits the sick, disabled, and poor. It’s a cash grab by hospitals, which, truth be told, have very tight budgets. It also discourages people from coming to the hospital to do things like help feed loved ones, which can take the pressure off nursing staff. What we should do is outlaw parking fees at hospitals and increase taxes on the wealthy to offset that.

  3. They are just going to see more tire marks over the curb or on the grass. I just find it sad that staff have to pay to park to go to work. I think that they should have a meter/ticket booth instead. $1/hr $2/3hrs $5/day.. sometimes people just run in and out.. In Toronto theres a few parking lots where you print a ticket on your way into the lot and you scan it on your way out and it determines how much you pay(sometimes its free if you were only there for like 45 mins)

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