Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Patient Cannot Keep Going the Extra Miles

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Patient Cannot Keep Going the Extra Miles

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BUNDABERG woman June Nayler does not know how much money she has spent travelling to Brisbane to receive specialist treatment, but she knows what it costs her health.

Sometimes left to lie in bed for up four days to recover from the travel, the retiree has decided travelling to the state's capital for a temporary fix for blockages in the her neck is not worth the pain.

"It's an utter scam to be expecting elderly people to travel like this," Mrs Nayler said.

"In the middle of winter you have to get up at 3.30am and you're freezing."

She said the state government's Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) rules mean patients are forced to get accommodation in Brisbane and, as she travels with a carer, the costs can be hundreds of dollars per trip.

"If they put that money into offering doctors to come up here that's better than the patients going down there," she said.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said in the past five years patients had spent about $9. …

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