Labor To Deliver Extra Support For Patients

Labor To Deliver Extra Support For Patients

Posted on 04. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, News

Victorians who need to travel for specialised medical treatment will be provided with even greater financial support under a future Brumby Labor Government.

Health Minister Daniel Andrews today announced a future Brumby Labor Government would invest an extra $25 million over four years to expand the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance scheme.

“Our Government has provided record support and investment into health services across the State but there will be times Victorians will need to travel for specialised medical services,” Mr Andrews said.

“We know that when families are dealing with illness and need to leave home to receive care, the extra financial costs can be difficult to meet.

“To ease those costs, a future Brumby Labor Government will expand the existing Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme so that more people can access the financial support they need.

“A Brumby Labor Government will also increase the financial support provided under the scheme.

“The expansion of the scheme will mean more patients will be supported with their transport and accommodation costs when they need specialised care away from home.”

A future Labor Government will:

  • Double the accommodation subsidy from $35 to $70 per night;
  • Increase the private vehicle subsidy from 17 cents per kilometre to 20 cents per kilometre – the highest in Australia;
  • Ensure that patients who regularly travel over 500 kilometres in a week as part of a course of treatment receive subsidised travel and accommodation, removing the current eligibility requirement to travel over five consecutive weeks;
  • Remove the current non-concession card contribution of $100; and
  • Expand the scheme to all eligible Victorians beyond existing boundaries. 

 

Mr Andrews said the Brumby Labor Government had already made a number of improvements to the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme.

“We have increased both the private vehicle subsidy and the overnight accommodation rate and introduced reimbursement payments for taxi fares,” Mr Andrews said.

“In stark contrast the previous Coalition Government held two reviews into the scheme that resulted in less, not more support for patients.”

Mr Andrews said the Brumby Labor Government had hired nearly 11,000 more nurses and was rebuilding and modernising more than 100 hospitals across the State.

“Victoria’s health care system is recognised as a leader, with our dedicated doctors and nurses providing world-class care to patients,” he said.

“We are seeing more patients receive their care quicker across the system – and that’s only been possible because of the record support the Brumby Labor Government has delivered.”

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