Subsidy increased for travelling patients

A TRAVEL subsidy for patients who access essential health care away from their home communities will be increased to help vulnerable Queenslanders manage cost of living pressures.

The Palaszczuk Government today announced that the recent state budget would fund an increase in the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS).

The patient accommodation and escort subsidy will increase by $10 per person, per night to $70 per person, per night.

The fuel subsidy will rise by 4 cents per kilometre, taking it to 34 cents per kilometre.

In 2023-24 the government has also provided funding in relation to repatriation costs for deceased patients under the PTSS to their place of residence.

The PTSS provides financial assistance mostly to rural, remote and regional Queensland who have to access essential specialist health services not available within 50km of their closest public health facility.

The scheme assists with travel and accommodation expenses.

Subsidies also exist for air, bus, ferry or rail fares for eligible patients.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said all Queenslanders deserve access to health care, no matter where they live.

“While we always aim to provide services for patients as close to their homes as possible, it’s inevitable that people will need to travel to larger centres for specialist care,” she said.

“The PTSS provides assistance to countless Queenslanders and since 2015 we have provided more than $700 million in travel and accommodation subsidies so that patients can receive the care they require.

  • Accom and escort subsidy will increase to $70 per person, per night
  • The fuel subsidy will rise to 34 cents a kilometre
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