New report finds parking adds to patient burden

Parking

Parking at Victorian Cancer treatment centres has been identified as a significant issue for cancer patients due to the number and frequency of appointments required for most treatment pathways. Cancer Council Victoria undertook a study of parking at Victorian cancer treatment centres between March and May 2015, and we’re interested in your thoughts on our recommendations. 

The aim of the study was to determine:

  • the nature and extent of parking provisions at, or near, cancer treatment centres in Victoria
  • the cost of parking at or near cancer treatment centres in Victoria
  • the availability of subsidies or reimbursements for people with cancer, and
  • the information provided about car parking – what is provided, when and by who.

The report found that a patient with breast cancer undergoing uncomplicated treatment is estimated to spend $1100 annually in parking fees. Another key finding was that just one in five treatment centres provided information on local parking prior to commencing treatment. 

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said addressing parking issues will benefit patients, their families and medical professionals. “Undergoing cancer treatment is tough enough for many, without the added financial burden of having to pay for parking. If more treatment centres were able to provide information in advance, that means more time spent getting better as well as freeing up doctors, nurses and social workers to do the most important part of their jobs.”

We would like your perspective on the recommendations made in the report and the impact of parking issues on your patients. Please visit www.cancervic.org.au/parking to view the results of the study, recommendations and participate in the survey. 

 

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Updated: 26 Nov, 2015