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Parking at hospitals isn’t 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.