Feb 22, 2011 03:00 am
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly lawyer Jane Meadus says it's illegal for hospitals to charge long-term care patients $600 per day, even if they refuse to leave for an available bed in a long-term care home. Some hospitals in the Windsor region are demanding the extra payment to cope with a shortage of beds.
The maximum a hospital can charge a patient waiting for LTC in Canada, is $53.23 per day. Some send an invoice, but family members are told to ignore it by the Advocacy Centre.
To cope with the bed shortage, the area's three hospitals also instituted a first-available bed policy, requiring long-term care patients to accept whatever's offered at any long-term care facility or face a $600-per day fee to stay at the hospital.
Ontario hospitals employ the same practice, some charging up to $1,800 per day.
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