Queensland government trialling new online system for parents forced to travel for medical treatment

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A new online system could make it easier for parents who have to travel to Brisbane for medical treatment access financial assistance.

A recent review labelled the current subsidy system “slow” and “not patient friendly”.

According to one Queensland mother, parents are sleeping in cars or on benches in front of hospitals because they don’t know about government assistance available to them.

Ms Christerson once had to cancel a specialist appointment for her daughter because she couldn't afford the travel. Image: 9News

Ms Christerson once had to cancel a specialist appointment for her daughter because she couldn't afford the travel. Image: 9News

Justine Christerson was forced to delay a specialist appointment for her daughter because she couldn’t afford the 700km trip to Brisbane.

Now she’s making care packages filled with toiletries and other essentials for families in similar situations.

She said many parents are going to extremes.

Ms Christerson creates care packages to help struggling parents with sick children. Image: 9News

Ms Christerson creates care packages to help struggling parents with sick children. Image: 9News

“I felt terrible as a mother. I couldn’t afford to get the health care that she needed,” Ms Christerson told 9NEWS.

“People are sleeping in cars. People are out the front of hospitals all night on benches because they have nowhere to stay.

“Distance shouldn’t be a barrier to access quality healthcare, but it is.”

 “This is not the kind of situation we want to see anyone in,” health minister Steven Miles said.

If the trial is successful it could be rolled out statewide by the end of the year.

Justine Christerson says parents don't know about subsidies available to them under the current system. Image: 9News

Justine Christerson says parents don't know about subsidies available to them under the current system. Image: 9News

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