Huntington dismayed over wheelchair user fee
Delta, B.C. – Newly re-elected Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington is crying foul over a new user fee exacted on wheelchair users at South Delta’s Mountain View Manor long term care facility.
“We’ve all observed steadily rising user fees in the health care system causing undue hardship on our most vulnerable,” says Huntington. “The latest decision by Fraser Health, to charge a $25 monthly fee for wheelchairs and wheelchair cushions has me speechless. It’s as if Fraser Health feels immobilizing the elderly to their beds is acceptable, while basic mobility rights are an elective service of our healthcare system.”
In a letter dated May 31, Fraser Health informed its residents at Mountain View Manor of a “monthly wheelchair fee” of $25.00 for the privilege of “borrowing” a wheelchair. Residents who cannot afford the new fee are being told to meet with a social worker. The new fee will be effective on September 1.
“The monthly fee might not seem like a lot to most people, but to the residents of Mountain View Manor, it is a major indignity and stress on their lives. We should not be telling our elders that basic mobility is a privilege they must pay for. In my opinion it’s a human right. They deserve so much more,” Huntington says.
Huntington is asking Fraser Health to reconsider the wheelchair user fee, and has issued an open invitation for the health authority to meet with her to discuss other ways to raise funds.
Fraser Health Letter to Mountain View Manor Residents (Click below)
250 952 7596