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Travel is a big issue for those undergoing dialysis treatment, especially for patients living in remote and rural areas. In the Northern Territory (NT), those seeking a reimbursement for their private travel to dialysis had to travel at least 200 kilometres one way before they were eligible for financial assistance.
Dialysis patients can make on average six trips either to or from dialysis per week, thus amassing a huge number of kilometres travelled per week, without becoming eligible for reimbursement support.
Kidney Health Australia requested two formal submissions of the NT Government, advocating for change from a one-way kilometre measure to a weekly kilometre figure to support dialysis patients with their high frequency travel.
In August, the NT Government announced it would inject an extra seven and a half million dollars per year into patient travel reimbursements, addressing many of the concerns Kidney Health Australia have raised.
Source: Kidney Health Australia