With the last major review in 2013, the State Government’s Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) is outdated and is not serving the needs of regional South Australians.
The scheme, which is designed to subsidise travel and accommodation cost for South Australians who need to travel more than 100km to see medical specialists, requires modernisation to reflect changing times and also to take into account today's cost of living expenses.
For example, the accommodation subsidy is just $44 a night – barely enough to buy an unpowered tent site in a capital city.
In February this year, Troy held a public forum with SA’s top PATS experts, the first major forum of its type to be held in regional South Australia.ssues raised included a patient’s right to choose their own specialist, the scheme’s ability to tie in with NDIS funding and why dental services are not recognised under the scheme.
Issues raised by the audience included continuity of care, a patient's right to choose their own specialist, whether dental services are covered under the scheme and also why Uber and AirBNB services are excluded.
This forum was instrumental in triggering a minor review of the scheme by Minister for Health Stephen Wade, which is currently being undertaken.
Troy urges all regional Parliamentarians to take up this issue on behalf of their electorates.
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