Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme
A Liberal Nationals Government will ease the cost of accessing specialist healthcare for tens of thousands of people living in the Mildura electorate with significant increases in the reimbursement rates for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will increase VPTAS funding by $35.1 million to raise reimbursement rates for accommodation and mileage, provide funding for future population growth in our regional cities and towns and speed up claims processing times, improving the lives of the 30,000 Victorians who use the scheme.
People who live in the Mildura electorate and have to travel more than 100kms one way or 500kms a week for specialist medical treatment are eligible for financial assistance under the VPTAS scheme which assists with the cost of travelling to and staying near the treatment.
Under a Liberal Nationals Government the nightly accommodation support will increase from $45 to $60 and the cents per kilometre reimbursement rate will rise from 21 cents to 25 cents.
Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of the cost of living with Victorians paying more than ever for power bills and housing, the Liberal Nationals will ease the squeeze on cost of living pressures when Victorians need it most.
A Liberal Nationals Government will also make sure patients and carers are reimbursed faster by employing more staff to halve reimbursement turnaround times.
The 10 extra staff dedicated to helping patients efficiently through the system and improving reimbursement times will be located in Ballarat.
A Liberal Nationals 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 Liberal 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.
Comments attributable to Peter Crisp, Member for Mildura
“Country Victorians are feeling cost of living pressures because the Andrews Labor Government has lost control of the economy so this extra funding will help those who have to travel for health care defray some of those costs.
Mildura, because of its isolation, is a large user of VPTAS. For those who have to travel for specialist healthcare, travel and accommodation costs are important considerations. I applaud the great work done by Sunraysia Information Referral Service and Sunraysia Cancer Resources who assist with over $1.5M of VPTAS claims per annum.