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Costs burden eased for cancer patients

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MEMBER for Barwon Kevin Humphries has welcomed the NSW Government’s delivery of another election promise to ease the financial burden on patients living with cancer and other chronic conditions.

The NSW Government will cover the co-payments for public hospital patients receiving Section 100 (s100) Highly Specialised Drugs and Section 100 injectable and infusible chemotherapy medicines.

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“This election commitment will relieve the stress on those living with complex illnesses having to fork out for essential but expensive medication”

“This change took effect on October 1 and will save patients with cancer or other chronic diseases an average $1,400 per year.”

“This change will benefit many people living with cancer and HIV, patients with organ and tissue transplants, schizophrenia, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease and cystic fibrosis.” Mr Humphries said.

Other conditions treated by s100 Highly Specialised Drug medicines include psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis and severe allergic asthma and rare diseases, particularly those affecting children, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

The co-payment will be paid for eligible patients regardless of whether prescriptions are filled at NSW public hospital pharmacies, NSW community pharmacies or through pharmacies used by NSW public hospital oncology clinics.

The changes apply to public non-admitted patients, outpatients or day patients, inpatients on discharge from public hospitals and privately referred non-admitted patients of NSW public hospitals.

Highly Specialised Drugs and injectable and infusible chemotherapy are subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and administered under Section 100 of the National Health Act 1953. For more information on the changes, go to www.health.nsw.gov.au/pharmaceutical

Meanwhile, Mr Humphries today said the NSW Government iwill deliver on another election commitment that will make life easier for older people across NSW, providing a $4 million funding boost to improve accessibility in local communities.

The Liveable Communities Grants is a four year program, which encourages local councils, non-government organisations and small businesses to improve accessibility and mobility for seniors.

Mr Humphries said the government is looking for innovative ideas and solutions to help increase the participation of older people in the community so that they can lead rewarding and active lives.

“Liveable communities enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to lead active, independent and healthy lives,” Mr Humphries said.

“In particular, we know that being able to access their community freely and safely makes a huge difference to the lives of older people.

“That’s why we are calling on a wide-range of groups including non-government organisations, academics, entrepreneurs, small businesses and local councils to define what it will mean to age well now and into the future, and to provide suggested approaches for creating more liveable communities.”

Successful entries will be assessed on the level of innovation, understanding of the community, potential for creating sustainable long-term solutions and must address one of the following categories:

  • Helping people stay healthy,
  • Helping people stay connected,
  • Helping people work or contribute, and
  • Helping people live where they want to.

Winning entries will be determined by an expert panel and further details can be found at www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/home.

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