A Queensland mother is petitioning to reduce parking costs at the Brisbane children’s hospital where she regularly takes her three-year-old son who suffers from a life-threatening disease.
Kat McGowan’s son, Patrick Ryan, lives with haemophilia, an incurable and life-threatening blood clotting disorder that requires regular hospital treatment.
For each visit to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, parking for the first 30 minutes is free. Beyond that, however, prices climb from $12 for an hour’s visit to $30 for a multi-exit day pass. Parking at the hospital is offered through Mater Health Services.
The cost can add up quickly, which is why McGowan has launched a campaign to reduce the price of parking at the hospital.
“I am lucky. My son’s condition is rarely life-threatening,” she wrote on Change.org. “But families have little choice but to park in the carpark and pay excessive fees. Visitors must either pay or not come at all.”