Eastern Health says it is going to bring a new parking payment system next year at its hospitals in St. John's. (CBC)

Eastern Health says it plans to introduce a 'pay-as-you-go' system that it hopes will reduce complaints about parking at hospitals in St. John's.

The health authority said the new system would be introduced next year.

A spokesperson said that should end the need to constantly feed of meters to avoid parking tickets.

The new system also would allow people to visit hospitals, keep appointments, and get treatment without interruptions.

The health authority has come under fire for charging patients parking fees since an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal described the practice of charging patients for parking at hospitals as a "barrier to care."