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Does the high cost of hospital parking deter the public from accessing health services?
In 2006 we sought the answer to this question through a Vector Poll.
Over half of those surveyed in Ontario – 55 per cent – said the high cost of parking would deter low-income people from getting the health services they need. Another four per cent said it would depend on circumstances.
When the survey was broken out by income, that response climbed to 74 per cent among those earning less than $30,000 per year.
For those accessing regular services at their local hospital, this can add up to a significant amount, particularly for those on fixed incomes. We recently calculated that a rise in parking charges at Rouge Valley Health System would cost weekly users a total of $800 per year. For cancer patients attending three times per week, that would mean $2,400 per year.