ANDERSON WELCOMES BOOST TO IPTAAS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed the NSW Liberals & Nationals commitment to enhance the Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) if re-elected.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Liberals & Nationals will significantly boost support for patients who need to travel to access high-quality, specialist medical care, if the Government is returned on March 28.
“The importance of IPTAAS to our community cannot be underestimated and these enhancements will have countless benefits for patients and their loved ones,” Mr Anderson said.
Under the NSW Liberals & Nationals, enhancements to the IPTAAS scheme will include:
- An increase in the petrol subsidy from 19 cents to 22 cents per kilometre – a 15 per cent increase;
- An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for eight to 14 night stays
- From $43 to $80 – an 86 per cent boost (single room) per night
- From $60 to $105 – a 75 per cent jump (double room) per night;
- An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for 15 night-plus stays
- From $43 to $105 – a 144 per cent boost (single room) per night,
- From $60 to $120 – a 100 per cent jump (double room) per night;
- A reduction in the patient co-payment from $40 to $30 – a 25 per cent decrease;
- Claims for prosthetic services will be eligible;
- Claims for some specialist allied health services will be eligible.
A re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will also:
- Simplify IPTAAS forms and make online claims easier;
- Reduce the time taken to process claims and reimburse patients;
- Establish a dedicated 1800-number to streamline patient and carer enquiries;
- Make small claims under $100 easier to lodge.
Mr Anderson said 11,761 IPTAAS claims were lodged in the Hunter New England Local Health District last year.
“This is about delivering a better service for our community and ensuring the scheme is in line with what our community needs and deserves.
“We are putting patients first by boosting subsidies and cutting red tape to deliver an enhanced service for patients in their time of need.
“I have received many letters from the community about the IPTAAS service and improvements that can be made. I am pleased to say we have listened and we are acting.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have a proven record of improving the IPTAAS service and we will continue to do so for the benefit of patients and their carers,” Mr Anderson said.