Increased concessional car parks at QLD hospitals
The State Government will fund up to $7.5 million over the next four years to make an extra 100,000 free and discounted car parking spaces available at public hospitals each year.
The cost of car parking is a real concern for many patients, carers and their families.
The initiative is part of a four-point plan to improve hospital car parking access across Queensland.
The State Government will take the following actions as part of its Public Hospital Car Parking Action Plan:
- Car parking concessions policies will be developed for all Hospital and Health Services where paid parking applies.
- The number of concessional car parking spaces available at Queensland public hospitals will be increased.
- The Government will continue to be involved in the development of future public hospital car parks.
- New car parking options will be considered for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the new approach included rolling out a new patient and carer car parking concessions policy across the state.
As a first step all Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) have been directed to develop a series of policies, specific to each hospital with paid parking, to address car parking costs.
All Hospital and Health Services will be required to develop and publish their local hospital car parking concessions policy by 1 October 2017, and report on them annually.
As a minimum, car parking concessions will be made available by each Hospital and Health Service to eligible patients and their carers in the following categories:
- Patients and carers experiencing financial hardship (which may include government concession card holders)
- Patients and carers who need to attend hospital for an extended period of time
- Patients and carers who are required to attend hospital frequently, and
- Patients and carers with special needs who require assistance.
“At present, car parking concessions are provided by individual Hospital and Health Services in a number of different ways, best suited to meeting local needs and circumstances,” Mr Dick said.
“It might involve, for example, providing discounted parking one day a week over a specific period, or a free one-off park, cheaper parking over the course of a week, or a combination of measures.
“I want to ensure we provide greater consistency in how we deliver car parking concessions across Queensland, particularly how we communicate the availability of those concessions to patients, their family members and carers,” Mr Dick said.
The additional discounted car parking spaces would be available from 1 October once the car parking concessions policies had been developed across Queensland.
Mr Dick also announced an immediate start to business case planning for possible options to develop new car parks to help service Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Mr Dick said Queensland Health had begun initial work investigating options for improved accessibility, including more car parking, at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane. This work will take up to 12 months.
“This will be very challenging work, as there are no easy or immediate answers to increasing car parking at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital precinct or in the immediate vicinity of the hospital,” Mr Dick said.
See also the article “Frequent visitors to NSW public hospitals will save on parking”.
23 July 2017.