P.E.I.'s Health Minister is asking Health PEI to explore ways to give more people a break on the cost of parking if they or family members have to be at the hospital for an extended period of time.
Cancer patients going through long-term treatment can already apply to have some of the parking fees waived, said Health Minister Doug Currie, and he'd like to see something similar considered for anyone who has to be at the hospital regularly for a month or more.
Currie shared the example of seniors who no longer need to be at the hospital, but can't leave until a bed at a long-term care facility opens up. He says it's not unusual for that wait to last one to three months.
"I do recognize that there's people that are coming from, whether it be Souris or Tignish, that do require services," said Currie.
"If they're doing that over an extensive period of time that adds an additional pressure and cost to the experience of a family member who is getting health care."
Currie said it costs $60 for a monthly parking pass.
The fees generate approximately $350,000 a year for Health PEI. Currie wouldn't say how much of that revenue he's will to forgo.