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The need to increase the patient travel subsidy scheme accommodation allowance

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Natalie Halse
President Pink in the Tropics
11 Hartley Street
WANGETTI QLD 4877

Total Signatures - 6292

Sponsoring Member: Jason O'Brien MP

Posting Date: 14/04/2010

Tabled Date: 14/04/2010

Responded By: Hon Paul Lucas MP on 23/09/2010

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of residents of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that:• the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme accommodation allowance has not increased in 21 years;• the current $30 a day allowance is totally and completely inadequate; • this inadequate allowance prevents some rural and remote patients from accessing treatment; and• the 8% difference in survival rate between Far North Queensland and South East Queensland is unacceptable. (Figure quoted on cancer survival rates reported by the Cancer Council of Queensland.)Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to substantially increase the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme accommodation allowance.