Constance drops into Narooma for patient funding announcement
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HELIPAD SPOT: Marine Rescue Narooma commander John Young and volunteers Ronga Young and Stan Swarbrick with State Member Andrew Constance at the site of the proposed helipad on the Narooma headland.MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance announced a commitment to enhance the Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) for the region’s patients if re-elected on March 28.
Mr Constance also announced a $5000 grant for a helipad at theheadquarters of the Narooma unit of Marine Rescue NSW.
Helicopters already land on the headland but Marine Rescue is keen to have a dedicated landing pad built for emergency services.
Constance announces $5000 for Narooma helipad
In regards to patient assistance,Mr Constance saidenhancements to the IPTAAS scheme would include:
• An increase in the petrol subsidy from 19 cents to 22 cents per kilometre – a 15 per cent increase;
• An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for eight to 14 night stays ? From $43 to $80 – an 86 per cent boost (single room) per night ? From $60 to $105 – a 75 per cent jump (double room) per night;
• An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for 15 night-plus stays ? From $43 to $105 – a 144 per cent boost (single room) per night, ? From $60 to $120 – a 100 per cent jump (double room) per night; • A reduction in the patient co-payment from $40 to $30 – a 25 per cent decrease; • Claims for prosthetic services will be eligible;
• Claims for some specialist allied health services will be eligible. A re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will also:
• Simplify IPTAAS forms and make online claims easier;
• Reduce the time taken to process claims and reimburse patients;
• Establish a dedicated 1800-number to streamline patient and carer enquiries;
• Make small claims under $100 easier to lodge.
Mr Constance said 5269 IPTAAS claims were lodged in the southern region last year.
“The importance of IPTAAS to our community cannot be underestimated and these enhancements will have countless benefits for patients and their loved ones,” Mr Constance said.
“This is about delivering a better service for country communities and ensuring the scheme is in line with what our community needs and deserves.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are putting patients first by boosting subsidies and cutting red tape to deliver an enhanced service for patients in their time of need.
“I have received many letters from the community about the IPTAAS service and improvements that can be made. I’m pleased to say we have listened and we are acting.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have a proven record of improving the IPTAAS service and we will continue to do so for the benefit of patients and their carers.”
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