Family is forced to pay $8,000 in parking fees just to visit their sick daughter in hospital after the little girl was born 25 weeks premature
- Daisy was born 25 weeks premature in Melbourne, has spent a year in hospital
- Her mother Lucy McGee-Stebbings said she has spent $8,000 on parking
- Chronic Illness Alliance CEO said parking cost was affecting health of patients
A young family has been forced to pay more than $8,000 in parking fees to keep their baby daughter in hospital as she fights for her life.
Daisy was born 25 weeks premature, and has spent almost a year in hospital.
Her mother Lucy McGee-Stebbings said she needs constant care every minute of the day – but that is coming at a serious cost to the Melbourne family.
Daisy (pictured) was born 25 weeks premature, and has spent almost a year in hospital
‘It’s pretty outrageous to accept. What this basically comes down to is big companies profiting off the sick and the vulnerable and their families,’ she told A Current Affair.
‘It would be one thing if the profits from the hospital car park went back into the hospital and were funding certain programs but they just simply go back into private companies, which are just there to make a giant profit out of people who are already suffering.’
Ms McGee-Stebbings said she spent $8,000 on parking in the year since Daisy was born.
Chronic Illness Alliance chief executive Dr Christine Walker said the cost of parking was affecting the health of patients.
Her mother Lucy McGee-Stebbings (pictured) said she needs constant care every minute of the day – but that is coming at a serious cost to the Melbourne family
Parking costs at hospitals across Australia
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – $39 per day
Sydney Eye Hospital – $65 for three hours
Alfred Hospital, Melbourne – $17 for two hours
Royal Adelaide – $24 per day
Perth Children’s Hospital – $23.80 per day
Source: A Current Affair
‘We hear stories of people missing crucial appointments and we also hear stories of relatives not being able to afford to visit their loved ones while they’re in hospital,’ she said.
Dr Walker said hospital budget cuts were to blame – a claim disputed by Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Mr Hunt said state governments needed to increase their funding for hospitals and were ‘deliberately driving up the price of parking’.
‘This is a really outrageous assault on struggling families. It’s wrong,’ he said.
‘We’ve gone from $20billion, up to $24billion a year, and our funding growth has rapidly outstripped the amount by which the states are increasing.’