Nationals to increase VPTAS reimbursements
A Liberal Nationals State Government will significantly increase the reimbursement rates for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).
Victorians who have to travel more than 100kms one way or 500kms a week for specialist medical treatment are eligible for financial assistance under the VPTA scheme which assists with the cost of travelling to and staying near the treatment.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said this would ease the cost of accessing specialist healthcare for thousands of people living in Gippsland.
“Gippslanders who have to travel long distances to see medical or dental specialists have been severely disadvantaged by the spiralling costs of travel and accommodation,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I’m always fighting for quality local health care services but for some specialist treatment people have to travel to Melbourne. Our commitment will help ease the cost burden for those people.”
“Under a Nationals Government the VPTAS nightly accommodation support will increase from $45 to $60 and the cents per kilometre reimbursement rate will rise from 21 cents to 25 cents.
“We will also make sure patients and carers are reimbursed faster by employing more staff to halve reimbursement turnaround times.”
Mr O’Brien said The Nationals in government will also undertake further investigation into the scheme to enhance access, including considering the minimum and cumulative distance thresholds, stepped payments for long-stay patients and inclusion of patients who travel to access clinical trials or require emergency care.
“The Nationals are committed to decentralising Victoria and encouraging growth in our regional areas; but to do that we need to ensure that all Victorians can access top quality healthcare.”