From 1 July 2017, NSW residents with a Disability Parking Permit will benefit from concession parking rates at public hospitals – representing a potential saving of $200 per week.
Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health, said the changes will lead to fairer parking rates for people visiting hospitals for regular or ongoing treatment.
“We have worked with private car park operators to get rates down to a maximum of $5.40 a day, giving patients and families real savings when they need it most,” Mr Hazzard said.
According to the announcement on the NSW government website, the following people are eligible for discounted hospital car parking:
- patients and carers attending hospital for an ongoing course of treatment
- patients and carers attending more than twice a week
- holders of an RMS-issued Mobility Parking Scheme Permit, Pensioner Concession Card, Gold Veterans Affairs Card or Health Care Card
- ongoing cancer treatment patients
- cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion class attendees
NSW Health has also developed a smartphone app and website to provide information on fees and concessions, eligibility criteria, maps, public transport options and other health-related subsidies.