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.