That’s the call to action for British Columbians who are demanding a reformed system of hospital parking. I started this blog and the accompanying website; hospitalpayparking.ca to create a virtual space to nail this abuse once and for all. The amount of emotional and financial resources spent on dealing with hospital pay parking is just incredible. It is unlike any other social issue, an issue with only one side. In the six months I have spent in research, I have barely come across a Canadian; in person or in print, who shows any support for fleecing taxpayers when they need to access a public hospital.
The facts presented on the website speak volumes about how the people we trust to run our hospitals have lost sight of the health care experience. They are merely money managers. The amazing care we receive as patients comes from a different group of people, don’t get the two confused. As I have already highlighted, the reason why we have pay parking at nearly every hospital in the province comes down to our Health Authorities not being able to say a collective “no thanks” to an easy $34 million each year. Even though taxpayers shovel a half billion extra tax dollars annually to the Health Authorities’ operating budgets, the tax on the sick continues unabated. Why say no to that kind of easy income?
This website is the focal point for resistance. Your participation is mandatory to effect change. We need thousands of British Columbians to contact their MLA. We need to reform hospital pay parking for the benefit of everyone.