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.
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.
“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.
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