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Cancer Council welcomes commitment to Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme

Monday 22 October, 2018

Cancer Council welcomes today’s commitment from the Liberal Nationals to increase the reimbursement rates for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) if elected.

VPTAS is a Government subsidy scheme offering financial assistance to regional Victorians needing to travel more than 100 kilometres one way or an average of 500 kilometres a week for one or more weeks for specialist medical treatment.

The Liberal Nationals have committed to increasing the nightly accommodation support from $45 to $60 and the cents per kilometre reimbursement rate from 21 cents to 25 cents.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the costs associated with parking, travel and accommodation for cancer treatment is a burden on a substantial number of patients, which has an impact on psychosocial and financial wellbeing.

“We want to make sure that every Victorian has the opportunity to receive the best possible medical care – no matter where they live,” he said.