Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
Virtually all Canadian citizens require access to essential medical services within their lifetime;
Most essential medical service locations have or require those seeking these services to pay for parking near or around the facility;
According to multiple medical professionals this financial burden causes stress; is detrimental to a patients mental and physical well-being and increases recovery times for patients; and
According to Patients’ Bill of Rights Law, Government Division 4th February 2002 b. Canada Health Act.(8) From the federal perspective, the primary objective of Canadian health care policy – to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers. Under accessibility.(9); Where “Accessibility” means that the insured health services should be provided on uniform terms and conditions and on a basis that does not impede or preclude reasonable access to those services. Passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario 38:1 Bill 22, Tommy Douglas Act (Patients’ Bill of Rights), 2003.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to and Minister of Transportation to request enforcement of the Canada Health Act to:
1. Ensure there is adequate cost-free parking for patients and caregivers in and around medical facilities; and
2. Where metered parking is not to be removed, that there is a means to identify those who are utilizing the parking space in order to gain access to medical facilities without cost to the patient; their family or caregivers regardless of the duration.
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