Friday, 10 February 2012

IPTAAS overhaul to benefit country patients

Patients across NSW who access the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS), will benefit from a significant overhaul announced by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner. Last year, the NSW Government announced a significant boost of $28 million, over 4 years, to the IPTAAS. The increase in funding means a 30% boost in accommodation subsidies and a 25% boost in petrol subsidies.

Some of the key improvements that will be delivered over coming weeks are:

- A new online claiming system, where patients can complete and claim their subsidy online;
- A simpler, shorter application form;
- A "one-off" recording of claimant details, to avoid unnecessary paperwork;
- The ability for patients to monitor the progress of their claims online; and
- The ability for patients to change their personal details (ie: bank details)

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