Ridiculous Prices for Bottled Water in Hospitals

Tomassini (Fdl): ‘It’s half price though in council buildings.’

For a half a litre bottle in Palazzo d’Accursio it costs 35 cents but at Sant’Orsola and Maggiore Hospitals it costs 60 and at Rizzoli it can even climb up to 70 cents. Tomassini is looking for a remedy and therefore asked the regional councillor for the Health Sergio Venturi and directors of the various hospitals to intervene.

DIFFERENCE “Why does this difference exist for the sick and those who assist them?”

Why Now?

In response to the question about how much mineral water from distributors in hospitals cost? Lorenzo Tomassini says, “Too much.” A spokesperson for Fdl Italy Bologna-Metropolitan City, he explains further that a survey on the prices of bottles came up “from complaints by some citizens who, during the Christmas period, had to attend relatives admitted to the Rizzoli hospital.”

Patients and their carers “have no choice. Either they drink from the taps in the baths or buy the water from the machines.” At Rizzoli, Tomassini, adds “a half-litre bottle costs 70 cents. At Sant’Orsola and Maggiore, it drops to 60. It’s still too much especially when compared with the price of water in the machines at Palazzo d’Accursio.”

Councillors Pay Less

In the Municipality, for the mayor, councillors and employees the same bottle costs 35 cents. “It’s madness,” says Tomassini, “that in the public administration there’s no unitary policy to regulate the prices of a primary need like water.” Andrea Giovannini, communication manager for the party also claims, that “it’s not fair to penalize the health of those with respect to the water policy, to the detriment of patients and family members.”

APPEAL “We need to implement a unitary action to regulate prices of an essential product.”

Tomassini and Giovannini confronted the regional health councillor, Sergio Venturi, and the directorates of the various hospitals: “We do not know the rules of what we think are market prices, but we’re asking someone intervenes in hospitals to regulate the prices of primary products to demonstrate more attention to patients and those who assist them.”

For the two advocates of FdI it is “incomprehensible that there are different prices within the same sanitary field in the city, where prices are even halved in other public institutions of the same city.”

Matter of Principle

Tomassini, who was a municipal councillor from 2004-2010, sheds light on the apparent contracts awarded to “those who help the interests of politicians and employees, by propping certain prices for bottles of water.” Giovannini adds, “We don’t understand why the same is not done in hospitals in the interest of patients and their families. We’re talking talk about a few cents and 99% of the patients can afford 70 cents for a bottle of water. But this is a question of principle, for which we need more clarity.”

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