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

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DVA 11 Monday 12 February 2001

More Choice and Better Care for Queensland Country Veterans Through Veteran Partnering

The Federal Government is committed to providing greater access to quality health care through veteran partnering contracts with hospitals like the Hillcrest Private and Mater Misericordiae Hospitals in Rockhampton and Gladstone, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, said today.

Mr Scott today visited both hospitals to present them with veteran partnering certificates.

Hillcrest Private Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae Hospitals in Rockhampton and Gladstone have worked closely with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for a number of years to provide excellence in care for Australia’s veterans, Mr Scott said.

They have also demonstrated a willingness to look for innovative ways to improve the services they provide to members of the veteran community.

Through veteran partnering, private hospitals have the same Tier 1 status under the Repatriation Private Patient Scheme as public hospitals and the former Greenslopes Repatriation General Hospital in Brisbane.

Mr Scott 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.

Importantly, it means that veterans and war widows/widowers can access high quality services at locations convenient to them, he said.

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

The Federal Government has veteran partnering agreements with 23 private hospitals in country Queensland, as well as hospitals in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT.

Our experience shows that veteran partnering results in improved public and private acute health care services for the veteran community," Mr Scott said.

Media Contact: Mark Croxford  02 6277 7820 or 0408 645 787


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