Agree with you Finy on the hospital parking. The rates went up again so now its a minimum of $10.00 to park at Westmead hospital in the western suburbs of Sydney. There is limited free disabled parking outside the dental hospital here, but unless you arrive around 7.00 a.m for a much later appointment, you can forget about it. I drive a few suburbs away from home and park in a street near the T-way and use my Opal card to get to the bus stop outside the hospital so it only costs me $2.50 for a return bus trip, so I save heaps because as you say, the doctor/dentist invariably runs late.
No. I have a bunch of health problems that make walking tricky. If I can't park easily and close to where I'm going, then I either have my husband drop me off, get public transport or if that doesn't go close enough then a taxi. I'm lucky to be well off enough not to worry about parking charges, which is fortunate as I need all my worry for my health :)
We don't pay for parking, we just park in free hourly parking, e.g. Westfield's, & from there we go to whenever we have to go to, & get back before the 3hrs is up. We've never parked for longer than our 3hr hours. Or we catch a bus & a train to where going too.