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    Anyone seen this story regarding the onerous burden hospital parking charges place on patients?

    Cancer patient petitions to end hospital parking fees

    Winnipegger Collin Kennedy said making patients and families pay to park at the hospital is unjust
    CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2016 3:01 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016 6:36 PM CT

    Winnipeg cancer patient Collin Kennedy describes the grounds for ending parking fees for sick people and their loved ones in Canada on Monday.
    Winnipeg cancer patient Collin Kennedy describes the grounds for ending parking fees for sick people and their loved ones in Canada on Monday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

    Collin Kennedy petition to House of Commons

    The Winnipeg cancer patient battling parking fees at hospitals is gathering signatures for a petition he wants to take all the way to Ottawa.

    Collin Kennedy made headlines in May when he sprayed foam into a parking meter outside the CancerCare Manitoba clinic to protest parking rates that he says sick people and their loved ones should not have to pay.

    Now, he's got 117 signatures on a petition calling on Health Minister Jane Philpott and Transport Minister Marc Garneau to end paid parking outside hospitals for patients, families and caregivers.

    He argues the fees are a violation of the Canada Health Act, which recognizes Canadians' right to guaranteed access to health care services "without financial or other barriers."

    Kennedy's petition calls on Ottawa to enforce the Act to ensure that there's "adequate cost-free" parking for patients and caregivers at medical facilities and, in cases where metered parking isn't removed, that there's a way to identify those using the spots for medical visits "regardless of the duration."

    Winnipeg Centre MP Robert-Falcon Ouelette has signed on to sponsor the petition. He said while he might not always support Kennedy's methods, he agrees that hospital parking can make accessing health care harder for patients and families across the country.

    "In certain places [in Canada], there are extensive fees, not even nominal fees," Ouelette said. "Sometimes it's $25 to park in some of the hospitals in this country. And that is really a barrier."

    'Not thinking about the meters'

    Kennedy has had multiple myeloma — cancer that affects plasma cells — since 1999. He said the parking issue first came to his attention last fall, when his illness took a turn for the worse and he landed in the hospital for over a month.

    During that time, Kennedy's mother, Julia Berschley, came to Winnipeg from British Columbia to be with her son. Over the course of six weeks, Kennedy said his mother racked up around $600 in parking fees.

    "I found out about the amount she'd spent ... and I said, 'That's ridiculous,'" Kennedy said. "I said, 'There's got to be something wrong with that, because that doesn't sound right.'"

    Kennedy said concerns about parking are the last thing patients and loved ones should have on their minds when they're at the hospital.

    "They're not thinking about the meters for most of the time, but when they do start to think about it, it's the most stressful thing in the entire process," Kennedy said. "You're forced to stop and think about the parking meter before you think about your loved one. There's an injustice in that."

    Kennedy said the petition already has 117 signatures, but needs a minimum of 500 to be presented in Ottawa. If that happens, Ouelette will table the document in the House of Commons. From there, the government will have 45 days to respond.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...king-1.3769429
    Here's the link to the e-petition,

    https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-492

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    That's just plain evil.
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    Thanks Dawg, we signed
    At Cancer Care in Winnipeg we pay anywhere from 0.00 for appointments after 5pm which are rare (parking on street is free) to as much as $18 when Mamma has multiple Drs to see. If she has to go more than once in a month it adds up and we have to budget for parking and gas. There have been times when we couldn't afford a coffee while we waited for hours.

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    I watched a special about this. These parking lots are "given" to these parking companies who maintain them, gates, booths, meters, security etc and you would think the hospital would receive some revenue from that? Nope nada dime went back to the actual hospital.

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    They got us anyway. We're already sick and battling to stay alive who needs another battle? That's the big problem almost everywhere the hurdles in order to get anywhere are so high and hard to get over it makes most things impossible to get anywhere.
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