Patient travel budget vow

PATIENTS in and around the Coffs Harbour electorate will benefit by an average of $100 next year if there is a change of government.

The NSW Liberals and Nationals have announced they will boost the Isolated Patient Transport and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS).

The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the IPTAAS budget will be increased by 50 per cent, injecting an extra $28 million into the scheme in the first four years of a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

“This is a huge win for Coffs Harbour electorate patients who are forced to travel long distances to get the health care they need,” Mr Fraser said.

“A typical patient who makes an IPTAAS claim will receive on average an extra $100 towards their travel and accommodation costs.

“This positive, practical plan from the NSW Liberals & Nationals will improve the quality of life for those patients from the Coffs Harbour district who need to travel long distances and stay close to the medical treatment centres they need to access.

“Greater access will mean better outcomes for Coffs Harbour district patients and healthier rural and regional communities.”



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