Poor sup­port for re­gional pa­tients

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

I WISH to com­plain about the poor sup­port re­gional peo­ple re­ceive from our State Gov­ern­ment when travel is nec­es­sary for treat­ment at spe­cial­ists out­side the district.

The Pa­tient Travel Sub­sidy Scheme pays 30 cents per kilo­me­tre for pri­vate ve­hi­cle ex­penses.

This has not been changed for many years and is to­tally in­ad­e­quate at the present time, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the present cost for fuel and ve­hi­cle main­te­nance.

The State Gov­ern­ment pays this rate to its own em­ploy­ees for their use of a mo­tor­cy­cle!

The cur­rent rate for pri­vate ve­hi­cle use for state em­ploy­ees, from in­ter­net search, is 79 cents per kilo­me­tre.

Pri­vate com­pany rates per kilo­me­tre are more real­is­tic at 80 cents or more.

I sent a re­quest for a re­vi­sion to Min­is­ter Miles last July but am yet to re­ceive a re­ply.

Maybe our lo­cal mem­bers could raise this is­sue when next in Par­lia­ment? — G.W. Eb­bage

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