Pay-parking money not going to health

Re: Pay-parking bad for your health? Dec. 15

To the Editor,

Re: Pay-parking bad for your health? Dec. 15

The Vancouver Island Health Authority pays Robbins Parking 75 per cent of the revenues generated at completely automated parking lots.

I have never seen a Robbins employee at any of the hospital parking lots and this is a job that could be done by VIHA employees at a much more reasonable cost.

If 57 per cent of the remaining $237,000 is used up for costs, then only 11 per cent is left for patient services.

The only one profiting from this significantly is Robbins.

I completely support pay parking at the hospital, but with the funds being distributed more to VIHA and less to a third party that is largely unnecessary.

With the high costs of health care, it is time for VIHA to investigate how to benefit more from this revenue generator.

J. Sharpe

Nanaimo

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