AHS to adjust parking rates
February 13, 2013
Alberta Health Services (AHS) will be introducing new staff, physicians and public parking rates effective April 1, 2013.
“AHS understands parking is an additional cost to our staff, patients and visitors,” said Penny Rae, Senior Vice President, Capital Management. “Which is why every effort is made to limit the impact of parking fee increases.”
To help ease the financial impact, new parking rates for the public and AHS staff will be phased in over a three-year period. As well, except in Edmonton (where prices were already well below market value), the changes will include a price reduction for monthly rates, designed to ease the burden on patients and families who come to AHS facilities for a long period of time.
“AHS periodically adjusts its parking rates to to reflect current market conditions and cover rising costs associated with providing the convenience of on-site parking for our patients and visitors,” said Rae.
Health care dollars are used to fund patient care services, not parking structures or lots that charge for parking. AHS parking facilities that charge are required to be self-sustaining.
AHS parking rates cover costs for repairs to current parking facilities, and also for the construction of new parking facilities to meet increasing demand in communities across the province.
An annual market analysis of national parking rates helps AHS match and compare Alberta communities with other communities of similar size, parking demand and parking market.
AHS does provide compassionate parking passes to people with financial hardship on a case-by-case basis.
For a detailed list of new parking rates at all sites please visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/5505.asp.