Ru­ral pa­tients shafted

Western Times - - NEWS -

RE­GIONAL can­cer pa­tients are be­ing short changed, ac­cord­ing to Can­cer Coun­cil CEO Chris McMil­lan, as she calls on the State Govern­ment to over­haul the Pa­tient Travel Sub­sidy Scheme, fol­low­ing a scathing re­port by the Queens­land Om­buds­man.

“Re­gional Queens­lan­ders af­fected by can­cer are con­stantly do­ing bat­tle against this bu­reau­cratic process and a hos­tile sub­sidy sys­tem,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Thou­sands of re­gional Queens­lan­ders who need to travel to metropoli­tan cen­tres for treat­ment are left in psy­cho­log­i­cal and of­ten fi­nan­cial dis­tress as a con­se­quence of ad­min­is­tra­tion fail­ures un­der the Pa­tient Travel Sub­sidy Scheme.

“The Om­buds­man’s find­ings are sim­i­lar to our own ob­ser­va­tions about the scheme, whereby in­con­sis­tent and in­equitable de­ci­sion-mak­ing re­sults in un­fair out­comes, un­der­min­ing eq­ui­table treat­ment.”

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