$25.9M SCHEME CUTS COSTS FOR 229 ISOLATED GUNNEDAH PATIENTS
229 patients from Gunnedah were among the more than 31,000 patients who took long journeys from regional and rural areas to access medical treatment and received a helping hand from the NSW Government’s $25.9 million Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said IPTAAS subsidises the transport and accommodation expenses people incur when travelling at least 100km – or a cumulative distance of at least 200km in a week – to access specialist medical treatment.
“It’s great to see so many patients have benefited from the NSW Government’s $25.9 million investment into this essential travel assistance scheme.
“When you live in regional areas the tyranny of distance can present unexpected challenges, including affordable access to essential specialist medical services.
“With many parts of the state currently struggling with the drought, the NSW Government is backing communities with this travel assistance scheme, which makes a significant difference to patients.”
“The 229 patients from Gunnedah received a total of $168,588.50 in financial assistance.
“Having a serious medical condition that requires specialist treatment is stressful enough, without the additional out-of-pocket costs.
“Investment in the IPTAAS scheme had more than doubled in the last eight years, from $12.2 million in 2011–12 to $25.9 million in 2018–19.
“By reducing travel costs, the NSW Government’s scheme helps remove a key hurdle to seeking specialist medical treatment when it’s needed,” Mr Anderson concluded.
For more information about IPTAAS: http://www.iptaas.health.nsw.gov.au/hom