Wednesday, 28 September 2011

IPTAAS receives funding boost

Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, has announced the detail behind the $28 million boost to the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS). Patients who need to travel long distances for treatment will receive a 30% boost in their accommodation subsidies and a 25% boost in petrol subsidies.

This the first time the accommodation subsidy has gone up in 11 years. The NSW Government is delivering a boost of $28 million over 4 years, including $7 million this year. Mrs Skinner said "This increase represents a significant investment by the NSW Government and delivers on our promise to provide greater assistance for people living in rural and remote areas needing to travel for medical treatment. Greater funding for IPTAAS will allow more patients to travel for medical treatment and reimburse their expenses at a fairer rate. This boost supports the NSW Government's commitment to ensuring that the people of NSW have access to timely and quality health care regardless of where they live."

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