MUHC Users’ Committee takes high parking fees complaint to Quebec Ombudsman

WATCH ABOVE: The MUHC Hospital Users Committee has filed an official complaint with the Quebec ombudsman, which aims to lower parking prices. As Global’s Gloria Henriquez reports, parking at the MUHC is the highest in the province.

MONTREAL — The MUHC Users’ Committee has placed an official complaint with the Quebec Ombudsman.

The committee wants to see the hospital’s high parking fees lowered.

“It’s a hospital, it’s not the Centre Bell or the Forum,” said Pierre Hurteau, member of the MUHC Users’ Committee.

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Parking fees vary between the two main parking lots at the Glen Site with a daily rate starting at $20 for the indoor lot and going up to $50.

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“I can tell you that it’s disgusting,” said one visitor.

“I came here for an hour and it’s 20 bucks.”

Users are feeling the pinch.

Steve Drapeu is a diabetic who visit the hospital twice a month.

Tuesday was his first visit to the Glen Site.

“I saw the fees and it’ll get expensive,” he told Global News.

“It’s healthcare, do I have a choice?”

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This is not the committee’s first attempt to see these fees reduced, it already met with the MUHC’s ombudsman in May.

They received the results of that meeting this summer, but were not satisfied.

“There can be ways to improve the situation, but we still are not in agreement with the $25,” said Hurteau. 

“We’re confident the ombudsman will come to a conclusion that will help families.”

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