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More choice and better care for Queensland veterans through veteran partnering.

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M123/2001 14 May 2001


Veterans in the Ipswich area will have improved access to quality health care through veteran partnering contracts with hospitals like St Andrews, Queensland Senator and Federal Regional Services Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today.

Visiting St Andrews Hospital today to present a veteran partnering certificate, Senator Macdonald said local Veterans could now get quicker, quality care in a location more convenient to them.

“St Andrews has worked closely with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for a number of years to provide excellence in care for veterans,” Senator Macdonald said.

“To become a veteran partner hospital, it has demonstrated a willingness to look for innovative ways to improve the services it provides to members of the veteran community.”

Under veteran partnering, contracted private hospitals have the same Tier 1 status under the Repatriation Private Patient Scheme as public hospitals and the former Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney.

Senator Macdonald said this would provide increased flexibility in obtaining the best possible care for entitled veteran and war widow/widower patients, by allowing doctors to admit their veteran patients without obtaining prior approval from DVA.

“This is particularly significant in Queensland, where many veterans live outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.”

DVA has veteran partnering contracts with 23 private hospitals in Queensland, as well as hospitals in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT.

“The Government’s experience shows that veteran partnering results in improved public and private acute health care services for the veteran community," Senator Macdonald said.

*** Senator Macdonald will present the Partnering Certificate at St Andrews Hospital, Ipswich, at 2.30 today. Media Welcome ***

Media Contact: David Moore (07) 4771 3066 / 0417 774 724

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