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  • Petty Parking?
    February 18, 2013 - 14:49

    One of the arguments that the Hospital uses is that the fees are nedded to discourage university students from parking on the premises. The law that ought to be used to prevent this "trespass parking" is the Petty Trespass Act. Ironically the Act mentions educational occupancies and Memorial University in particular, but not hospitals??? Maybe the act ought to be amended to specifically prohibit parking by students or anyone else that does not have business at a hospital and determine who has title on the parking lot, Memorial or Eastern health. The fines ought to be for trespass parkers NOT patients?

  • outside the overpass
    February 16, 2013 - 18:22

    good one anne, now if only everyone in the province lived is st. john's. people from outside the city go to hospitals because they have to. so what are you suggesting anne, they park their cars and call a taxi or get on a bus? townies?? you people got the answers to all concerns.. does it ever occur to some of you people that $5 is a lot of money to someone who doesn't have very much wether they go to a hospital to visit or because they have an appointment.

  • Anne
    February 16, 2013 - 09:39

    Totally disagree. Transportation has never been covered by the Canadian Health Act, and parking is part of the cost of driving a car. It's an individual choice to drive to hospital instead of getting there by taxi or bus. Those who chose to drive and use the parking facilities at hospitals should be the ones who pay the costs. Poor people who need the help can get financial assistance from social services, and can also apply to Metrobus for free bus tickets to medical appointments.

  • KM
    February 15, 2013 - 18:21

    Technically you're not paying to see the doctor. You could be parking to visit a patient. Parking should be free but after, for example, three hours a fee should be applied. If a longer queue has been formed for outpatients due to limited staff, then an exception should occur. Some deeper thought should be put in place for these issues.

  • Ferne
    February 15, 2013 - 16:42

    Those who work at the Health Sciences Centre must pay to park there so why not those who visit? The parking lots creation and maintenance have to be paid for somehow.

  • Terry
    February 15, 2013 - 11:57

    Totally agree. Patients and others visiting/attending them, should not have to pay for parkinng. I spent money going in daily to help care f or a dying relative. Also staff should be available 24/7 to immediarely attend to traffic and parking problems.