Nanango MP unhappy with answer to subsidy scheme delays
MINISTER of Health and Minister of Ambulance Services Dr Steven Miles has addressed questions about the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS), and his response has failed to impress Nanango MP Deb Frecklington.
The scheme, which aims to provide financial assistance to help patients access medical services not available locally, has been backlogged.
Dr Miles' answer responded with a temporary solution for the delays.
"Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme claims for the South Burnett region are processed at Kingaroy Hospital in the Darling Downs Health and Hospital Service,” he said.
"Darling Downs HHS has temporarily increased staffing for the processing of claims from 1.2 FTE to 3.2 FTE. This is expected to address the current backlog of applications,”
According to Ms Frecklington, Dr Miles' answer was inadequate.
"The answer from the Minister for Health is simply unacceptable, and actually quite insulting for my community. He hasn't addressed three out of my five questions, in particular, why patients continue to experience these lengthy delays, and the current wait times to receive a reimbursement,” she said.
According to Ms Frecklington, the PTSS delay is affecting members of the South Burnett community.
"I don't think the Minister understands that this is not a choice for people from the South Burnett. People must travel at least two hours to see a specialist or undergo surgery, as most specialist services are not available at the Kingaroy Public Hospital,” she said.
"South Burnett locals ring my office every day to ask why their PTSS are taking so long to be reimbursed. Some have waited up to six months for their payments and this is just simply unacceptable.”