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Calvary patients to pay for new TV, internet services

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Peter Jean

Calvary patients will have access to new pay TV and internet services, if they're willing to pay for it.

Calvary patients will have access to new pay TV and internet services, if they're willing to pay for it. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Patients at Calvary Hospital in Bruce will soon have access to pay television, email and the internet.

But the service will come at a price.

Calvary chief executive Ray Dennis said the hospital stopped charging patients for television rental several years ago because of reception and equipment problems.

“The existing system was pretty poor and we couldn’t in all conscience charge people when the system we provided was pretty poor,’’ he said.

Mr Dennis said an external provider has now begun rolling out new flat screen televisions in the hospital which will also be capable of providing internet and eventually clinical information services.

“It will have not just the free-to-air channels but also a number of cable channels and internet and email access. But it will come at a cost very similar to what they’ve got at The Canberra Hospital,’ he said.

A basic package, which included free-to-air television channels and radio, would cost about $10 per day.

Fee assistance and relief could be considered on a case-by-case basis if patients were facing genuine financial hardship.

A Health Directorate spokesman said television rental fees had recently been scrapped at the Canberra Hospital, pending the introduction of a new patient information and entertainment system.

Before they were scrapped, fees had varied, depending on the length of rental, and whether or not a patient was a Healthcare Card holder.

 

14 comments

  • Vertical integration, value adding etc etc. Money is the name of the game

    Commenter
    TheJoker1214324
    Date and time
    January 22, 2013, 11:13AM
    • I just stay at Calvary hospital - thankfully as a private patient - and would have gladly paid for the serve. What was there, i.e. standard free to air was fine but there's nothing wrong with providing an option.

      Commenter
      Tom
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 11:40AM
  • Its cheaper than what hotels charge so what is the issue? If you want it you pay for it at home and on holiday so why not in hospital

    Commenter
    Jane2
    Date and time
    January 22, 2013, 12:02PM
    • So what if you just want to watch free to air channels. But really must we gouge every cent out of even sick people?

      Commenter
      WotTha?????
      Date and time
      January 22, 2013, 12:29PM
      • Now they just have to work on the food......

        Commenter
        Deutsch
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 12:32PM
        • speaking from 8 months experience, you reckon the food is bad at Calvary, you should try Woden, Calvary is wonderful in comparison. As for the tv, the service and reception at Calvary is dismal currently, as well as that there aren't enough remotes to go around either, so if someone in the next bed decides to swipe your control when they move to another room for instance, then you are left to reach for the sky every time you need to change channel. So if you end up paying like you do at Woden then hopefully the reciption and the remote problems will also be rectified.

          Commenter
          westy
          Location
          canberra
          Date and time
          January 22, 2013, 12:46PM
      • Sounds good to me, user pays, why not?

        Commenter
        Jitterry
        Date and time
        January 22, 2013, 12:43PM
        • Just bring your WiFi tablet and use their WiFi (if that is free). It will be interesting to see what Foxtel channels are available.

          Commenter
          Tc
          Date and time
          January 22, 2013, 12:48PM
          • Agreed, even better if your tablet has 3 or 4G

            Commenter
            Steve
            Date and time
            January 22, 2013, 1:35PM
          • Steve, goes without saying. Who woud buy one that does not have that facility.

            Some people don't realise the power of these WiFi G3 tablets. You can do most of your work with them if you get the right one. Internet, e-mails, etc etc. And all for free if you can get a free WiFi.

            Commenter
            Tc
            Date and time
            January 22, 2013, 1:58PM

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