Rural patients shafted
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.”