(photo credit: Miiam Alster)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a private member’s bill by MK
Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua) on Monday to restrict prices for parking in public
hospital parking lots.
Sheetrit picked up on the idea raised by Channel
2’s morning news program.
He said hospital parking lots were charging
between NIS 20 and “dozens of shekels” a day for parking by patients, families
and friends, and that the fee should be limited.
“It is unthinkable that
hospitals should be making money at the expense of patients,” Sheetrit
According to the bill, which must now go for its first, second and
third readings, the cost of parking per day must be no more than NIS 10.
Representatives of the various ministries will meet with Sheetrit soon to reach
understandings about the legislation.
Construction and Housing Minister
Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), a member of the committee, said the bill would finally
put an end to the practice by hospitals of taking advantage of the pressures on
patients and families.
At present, Ariel said, families must “think twice
if they can visit hospitalized patients.”