Regional and rural patients suffering from serious illnesses are often forced to spend days to months living away from their homes in order to receive the life-saving treatment they require.
The Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) rebates are no longer representative of commercial accommodation costs in metropolitan areas. For these reasons it is imperative that all tertiary referral hospitals in have affordable and accessible, on-site or nearby patient accommodation for those traveling from regional and rural towns to receive metropolitan medical care.
Can you help? Please donate accommodation today to those in urgent need
Why is this important?
This is so important as people are having to turn down treatment because they can not afford the accommodation. Families are financially destroyed by the huge bills that resulted from long stays in the city for life-saving treatment. We are all vulnerable as many treatments for varying diseases and injuries have been centralised meaning they are only available in the city. The Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) is only a subsidy. It covers at most $60/night for 2 people. The IPTAAS rebates are no longer representative of commercial accommodation costs in metropolitan areas. Commercial accommodation is open to seasonal variability in both availability and cost. Providing cooking facilities is essential so that nutritious and affordable meals can be prepared while away from home. There is a well documented divide between the health of rural people and the health of city people and it is a gap we can all do something about. Providing accommodation that is either donated or affordable and accessible is one very important step to closing that gap. If you can help please donate today to those in urgent need, thank you.