Free hospital parking boost
THE State Government is promising to reduce the financial burden on patients and families by nearly doubling the amount of concessional parking available at hospitals.
Health Minister Cameron Dick ordered 12 public hospitals using paid parking, including Townsville, to offer 100,000 free and discount spaces a year over four years. The government will spend up to $ 7.5 million to compensate the hospitals.
Concessional parking will be available for patients and carers experiencing financial hardship, those who need to attend hospital for an extended period of time or frequently, and those with special needs who require assistance.