More patients and carers will qualify for concessions at public hospital parking stations, including privately run operations at St George and Sutherland Hospitals, from July 1.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said patients who needed the most support would save as much as $200 a week.
”For example, a patient suffering from a rare blood disorder and requiring daily transfusions at St George Hospital would pay $21.20 per week under the new policy, instead of up to $231 per week where no concession has been applied,” she said.
”Similarly, parents who have to stay with their chronically ill child through the day at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, would pay $21.20 per week instead of $196 per week.
“These are significant changes that will result in real savings for the patients and families who need it most during the toughest times.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the changes would make parking concessions at NSW hospitals the most generous in Australia.
“We will now negotiate with private car park operators to ensure the contracts we inherited from the previous government are fairer,” he said.
Mr Hazzard said the concession application process in each local health district would be simplified, and communication with patients and their families improved.
Each hospital would display signage in car parks advising patrons of concession rates available and how to apply for them.
This information would also be available on all local health districts’ websites and in pamphlets made available in the hospitals.
Mr Hazzard said NSW Health was developing a smartphone app that would make it easier for hospital visitors and patients to access information about car parks at public hospitals.