Access to health costs more for South Australian country patients than their interstate country cousins.SOUTH Australian country medical patients are the poorer cousins of their interstate counterparts under the State Government’s Patient Assisted Transport Scheme (PATS).
And South Australians could become even worse off as the State Government currently considers cutting eligibility to the scheme.
Family First Member for the Legislative Council Robert Brokenshire said other Australian states had increased funding following PATS reviews, and the South Australian Government needed to follow their example.
“On January this year Queensland doubled the per kilometre rate from 15 cents a kilometre to 30c a kilometre, and also doubled their accommodation rate,” Mr Brokenshire said.
“The Northern Territory review in July this year recommended – and their Government adopted – increasing the per kilometre rate from 15c to 20c and raised the accommodation rebate from $35 a night to $60 a night.”
As it currently stands eligible Queenslanders receive 30 cents per kilometre, Tasmanians 19c and New South Wales patients 19c to access medical treatment while SA patients receive 16 cents.
When it comes to accommodation South Australians living more than 100 kilometres from treatment are able to claim $30 per night for commercial accommodation while Queenslanders are given $60 per night but must pay for the first four nights each year if they live less than 600km.
Tasmanians living more than 50 kilometres can claim from $46 to $75 per night.
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