Criticism of hospital fees

Despite political pledges to the contrary, the number of service fees hospitals charge has grown in recent years.

Lawmakers agree that all essential hospital services should be free, but a survey of hospitals run by the Central Jutland Regional Council found fees being charged for things like printing an ultrasound picture (25 kroner), food for fathers spending the night with spouses who have just given birth (213 kroner) and placing the bodies of deceased patients in a coffin (320 kroner).

Patient advocacy groups said certain services, such as coffee for hospital visitors, should cost, but criticised the practise of charging for basic services. – Berlingske

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