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SMH: ‘Outrageous’ rates

A letter writer asks why parking rates differ at hospitals in Surrey and Chilliwack.  - Leader file photo
A letter writer asks why parking rates differ at hospitals in Surrey and Chilliwack.
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Chilliwack General Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) are both part of Fraser Health. So can someone tell me, or anyone else who has to park at SMH, how the huge discrepancy in parking rates is in any way fair, never mind affordable?

A couple of weeks ago we had to take our grandson and his wheelchair van to emergency at SMH. Over $40 later in parking fees, we were able to take him home.

Last week I had to park in the Chilliwack hospital lot while my sister was in emergency. Cost? Only $5.75 for 12 hours. Both are Impark lots.

How did Fraser Health negotiate such an unfair parking rate for the citizens of Surrey? And why is it so much cheaper in Chilliwack?  Are the residents of Surrey that much better off that they can afford these outrageous parking rates? I don’t think so.

This is outrageous and something needs to be done. Come on Fraser Health Authority – answer for yourself.

 

Liz Irwin, Surrey

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