Ian and Sue Johnson are happy the State Government is increasing the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme.
Ian and Sue Johnson are happy the State Government is increasing the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme. File

Subsidy increase eases the pain

SUE and Ian Johnson are relieved after the State Government's announcement the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme will double for Queenslanders living in rural and remote areas.

"I am happy about it, I say it's about time," Sue said.

"The increases have been a long time coming."

The State Government committed $106 million over four years.

This means patients who have to travel long distances to see medical specialists now have more assistance.

The assistance will come in handy for Sue and Ian who made 10 trips to Rockhampton and Brisbane within the last 12 months for medical reasons.

The accommodation subsidy was doubled from $30 to $60 per night per person as was the mileage subsidy, from 15 cents to 30 cents per kilometre.

"It will help us immensely, the costs will be reflective of what we would normally spend," Ian said.

"It helps in paying accommodation costs, reimbursement for the travel itself.

"It would break even for us. It will cover out-of-pocket expenses at least."

Ian said while they were relieved to hear the subsidy had been doubled he called for transparency in how the money was spent, requesting the money was used wisely.

"The only concern we have is that it is spent wisely by the relevant hospital boards," he said. "I want to see the best value for money."


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