Poor support for regional patients
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