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When visiting a hospital, where do you park?

by Vee (follow)
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Parking at hospitals isnít cheap. For that reason, I often park on the street and walk to the hospital. That way, I save money I could otherwise spend on chocolate and complete my exercise for the day.

When visiting a hospital, do you park on the street or is it worth your while paying for onsite parking?

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I think it would really depend on how long one is at the hospital for and the location of the hospital. If it's a couple of hours, then parking on the street may be possible. However, if it is a longer period of time, then the street rules may not allow car parking for such long periods of time.
I went to Westmead here in Sydney for a while to visit my friend, anyway not much change out of that trip from a $20 note!
I'm sorry, but it is taking advantage of people in most cases.
When they are at a time of being stressed, you add to it!
Just crazy, that's all.
by Vee
I've never felt like I've had much choice - on site parking for me!
I recently spent a month of almost daily trips to the hospital to visit
a sick loved one. After the first day, I quickly discovered which back streets had free parking and walked the distance. When I took people with me, I would drop them off near the door before parking so they could have a longer visit. The parking at some hospitals is ridiculously expensive, but people pay it so they charge it.
Here in Toowoomba there is plenty of off street parking. I never have to pay.
It depends on the reason I am there. If it is a stressful time which I have no idea how long I will be needed at the hospital I will opt for the convenience of the car park. Expensive maybe but I don't have the added pressure of having to run to the car every couple of hours to move the car to avoid a parking fine.
I prefer to pay for convenience.
I park as close as I can which, in a hospital, is usually not very close!

However I would not park on the road to avoid paying, much as I dislike the outrageous charges.

I do find though that hospitals in WA are quite cheap for parking, or they have been in the past.
by Finy
Unfortunately Finy, that is not the case in NSW.
by Vee
The few times that I went to the hospital the parking was free. I parked in the large pg lot.
Wow! That's never happened to me.
by Vee
Rarely - it is far too expensive. Even when attending for my Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy, I usually parked in the street and walked up - could be 4 blocks.
On my weekly 'Pole' Chemo days, I needed 6-7 hours parking. At the hospital that would have taken half my fortnightly pension even with a discount for pensioner.
I think that there should be some system for patients, particularly those who come in regularly for such things as chemo. It's the least the hospital can do to help shoulder the burden.
by Vee
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