23 September 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today welcomed the NSW Government’s $28 million boost the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS).

The Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, today announced the detail behind the $28 million increase.

Patients who need to travel long distances for treatment will receive a massive 30 per cent boost in their accommodation subsidies and a 25 per cent boost in petrol subsidies.

This the first time the accommodation subsidy has gone up in 11 years.

The NSW Government is delivering a boost of $28 million over four years, including $7 million this year.

Mr George said it was a great help for country patients who need to travel long distances for treatment.

“The NSW Government wants to make sure patients aren’t deterred from travelling to access vital treatment and this significant boost will help.

“It’s tragic to think that some people are declining treatment because of the long distances involved,” Mr George said.

Changes to the scheme:

The Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said she was pleased to deliver on an election promise.

“This boost supports the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring that the people of NSW have access to timely and quality health care regardless of where they live,” Minister Skinner said.

The new arrangements, which come into effect on 1 January next year, will also allow any patient travelling at least 200 kilometres in one week to claim IPTAAS subsidies.

Previously, only patients travelling to access renal dialysis services were eligible to claim under this rule.

There will also be a change to the current $40 administration fee charged for processing claims made by patients who are not pensioners or health care card holders.

From 1 January, once a patient’s IPTAAS subsidies reach $1,000 within a year, the $40 administration fee will be waived.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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