PTSS in­crease

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PEO­PLE el­i­gi­ble for the Pa­tient Travel Sub­sidy Scheme ac­com­mo­da­tion com­po­nent will stay free at Ro­tary Lodge in Bund­aberg from Jan­uary 1.

With the State Government dou­bling the ac­com­mo­da­tion sub­sidy rate from $30 to $60 per night, the Bund­aberg Health Ser­vices Foun­da­tion will no longer seek a $10 co­pay­ment from el­i­gi­ble pa­tients and car­ers.

The scheme pro­vides as­sis­tance to iso­lated pa­tients, and in some cases their car­ers, to en­able them to ac­cess spe­cial­ist med­i­cal ser­vices that are not avail­able lo­cally.

Foun­da­tion chair­man Janet Tal­lon said the change would be “a con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial gain” for pa­tient and car­ers us­ing the lodge.

She said those pa­tients or car­ers who are not el­i­gi­ble for the PTSS will be re­quired to pay the cur­rent rate of $40 per per­son.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms must be com­pleted by a doc­tor and for­warded to the hospi­tal near­est to the pa­tient’s place of res­i­dence to claim el­i­gi­bil­ity.

This must be ap­proved be­fore the pa­tient trav­els to Bund­aberg to be el­i­gi­ble to stay at the lodge for free.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact your lo­cal hospi­tal or call 4150 2863.

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