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VHA statement on hospital car parking challenge

Posted 19 November 2015

Thursday 19 November 2015

The below can be attributed to Tom Symondson, CEO Victorian Healthcare Association

Hospitals want to ensure access to their services for the many patients who need to travel by car for treatment and providing car parking is essential for that.

While we and hospitals support any initiative that will improve patient access to care, today’s hospital car parking announcement made by the Victorian Government misses one key point – Victoria’s public hospitals are not funded to build and run car parks.

That is why public hospitals take out loans from the government to build car parks but these must be paid back and there are few options available to hospitals to raise the revenue to do so.

Hospitals are very sympathetic to patients and their families facing challenging times regarding their health and in many cases, where they can, offer concessions to those who need to frequently attend hospital.

We would welcome the government contributing to the cost of providing parking discounts as well as supporting hospitals to expand their parking services given the pressures of increasing rates of chronicity and a growing population.

We also support the recommendation to better publicise the parking discounts available to patients to ensure those who are eligible are provided the best access to care possible.

We are pleased the review into hospital car parking has been undertaken to highlight some of the challenges hospitals and patients face so that all involved can work towards improvements that will help ease the burden on patients.

Media contact: Rachel White – 0438 815 561 rachel.white@vha.org.au

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