Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Subsidy Cut Hits Cancer Patients

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Subsidy Cut Hits Cancer Patients

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Byline: Nathan Paull

THE fuel subsidy removal is set to make life harder for cancer patients requiring treatment outside Gladstone.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO, Professor Geoff Dunn, is calling on the state government to immediately increase the travel subsidy for patient travel to 50 cents per kilometre, from its current level of 15 cents, to compensate for the price increase.

"Under the existing scheme, the subsidy for mileage has only increased once in the past 20 years, from 10 to 15 cents.

"As a result, regional and remote Queenslanders are disadvantaged by the costs of transport to receive cancer services and treatment in major population centres," Prof Dunn said.

Local resident Nita Flower, who currently looks after her 78-year-old mother, Pauline Mojica, who has kidney cancer, said medical-related trips to Brisbane are already expensive enough.

"We've been back and forth to Brisbane because my mother has kidney cancer," she said. …

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