Health Minister will review “exploitative” hospital parking fees – thanks to this 13 year oldOct 11, 2016
“We’re taking a huge step forward in making hospital parking better for patients”
Thousands of sick Aussies and their families could soon be benefiting from financial relief when they need it most – and all thanks to a chronically ill 13-year-old boy.
Teenager Gidon Goodman started his Change.org petition from a laptop in his hospital bed. He asked for “crippling” hospital parking fees to be reviewed.
After months of pressure and many national media interviews, Gidon today delivered his 66,000 strong petition to NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner.
The outcome, he says, is a “huge step forward”:
Gidon’s own experience as a long term patient at Sydney Children’s Hospital prompted him to take action. He shared his powerful story, including the extortionate $10,000 parking fee bill his family has paid during ten years of hospital visits. It persuaded many others to share their story below his petition. Many reported having to make the painful decision between health and debt.
A follow up meeting is locked in for December to discuss the outcome of the review. Gidon has now pledged to keep an eye on the developments, keeping up the pressure to act.