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Abolish Hospital Parking Fees

Six Rivers Editorial

What is worse than paying to park your car? Paying for parking at a hospital.

Having to pay for parking is a serious pain in the first place, but at a hospital? Give me a break!

People do not generally go to a hospital willingly. It is more likely that you are either a patient or a visitor, and neither should have to pay for parking at such a time of stress.

Yes, I say stress because even the visitor is stressed at such a time. Surely anyone can sense the tension or even frustration in going to the hospital. That is no time to hold someone's car for ransom, for any price, let alone the exorbitant rates that large hospitals charge.

Prince Edward Islanders, God love them, have abolished parking fees at hospitals, and established a shining example for all other governments to follow. The current island government acknowledged that parking charges pose an unnecessary burden on all who attend hospital.

Hospital administrators will argue that parking fees go a long way to off-setting hospital costs. Some will even boast that such fees may provide certain hospital services. But think back, our sales tax was once called "hospital tax" and it was levied to provide all hospital services.

Charging for hospital parking is nothing more than an add-on tax, a tax on services for which we are already handsomely taxed. Why not have the courage, decency, and honesty to issue one tax for health care and let the true cost be known.

Governments at all levels try to hide the extent of their reach into our collective pockets. At the municipal level, councils have charged deed transfer taxes based on a percentage of the sale price of a property. This is revenue that does not show up on the tax bill, making them feel good that they took more from us without showing it under the spotlight of taxation.

The ruse continues with the provincial and federal governments and their many user fees, registration fees, and a host of other revenue raising gimmicks that lurk under cover of their slight of hand. Just look at all the add-ons charged at our airports, not to mention the usury of their parking rates.

The shame is, the parking fees and all the other gouging techniques do not raise as much money as we might be led to believe. All these additional fundraisers require staff and enforcement. While hospital parking income might be substantial, so is the cost of parking enforcement officers, not to mention the capital and maintenance costs of the sophisticated machinery installed to collect from us.

Governments have become masters at concealing how much they grab, possibly because they are ashamed at how much they grab, and worse, how much they waste.

The bottom line is the taxpayer is the lone source of revenue. We have to pay for the services being provided, along with the largesse of those who contract it. Rather than rip us off through smoke and mirrors, how 'bout some honesty by collecting what is needed up front and stop trying to hide behind nickel and dime stuff along the way?

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James Macnab

i agree 100% that the cost of parking your care at hospitals is outrageous. our hospitals do a great job in looking after our health needs, sometime we think we wait to long to see a doctor but go south of the boarder not only will you wait a lone time to see someone and once you do the real pain starts paying the bill for the service. We have a great health system in this country, now if we could just get the tax under control.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:45 AM

Dr. Stephen Ellis, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester will be on Morning Talk every second Tuesday. Listen at 9:45.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

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Events This Week

Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

Sunday, February 5, 2023 3:00 PM

Yoga is held every Sunday at 3 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, February 6, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Monday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

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