GEORGE WELCOMES IPTAAS CHANGES
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George has welcomed the announcement that the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) is set to become more simplified for patients accessing the scheme.
The changes, set to take effect on 1 January 2013, complement a raft of improvements made to IPTAAS since the NSW Liberals & Nationals came to Government.
From 1 January 2013:
- The current six month deadline for patients to submit claims will be extended to 12 months;
- A broader definition of 'authorised representative' – a person who can sign the application form on behalf of the referring practitioner or specialist – will be introduced;
- The requirement for patients who have private health insurance fund to prove that they cannot claim travel and/or accommodation benefits from their fund will be abolished;
- Referring practitioners will no longer be required to complete his/her section of the application form, except in limited circumstances;
- A shortened and less complicated application form will be introduced.
"The NSW Government is continuing to improve IPTAAS after increasing subsidies and simplifying the application form and adding an online application capability earlier this year.
"Last year, the NSW Government announced a significant boost of $28 million, over four years, to the IPTAAS. The increase in funding means a 30 per cent boost in accommodation subsidies and a 25 per cent boost in petrol subsidies.
"During the 2011/12 financial year 5,010 patients and 3,3364 carers submitted claim forms within the Northern NSW Local Health District", Mr George said.
Mr George in welcoming these changes said these will make it simpler for patients and families and carers using IPTAAS.
"Since becoming the Member for Lismore, I have highlighted on many occasions the high level of dissatisfaction and the many complaints my constituents have had with IPTAAS, so these changes are welcomed," Mr George said.