New report finds parking adds to patient burden

Thursday 26 November, 2015

ParkingMany people affected by cancer tell us that parking at treatment centres is an ongoing problem. The number and frequency of appointments can result in financial strain and accessing information about parking options and costs can be difficult. 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.

We investigated:

  • parking provided at, or near, cancer treatment centres in Victoria
  • the cost and availability of parking
  • whether subsidies or reimbursements were available
  • how information was given about 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.”

Whether you’re a patient, a carer, work in government or in healthcare, we’d like to hear about your experiences with parking for cancer treatment. 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