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Question Without Notice No. 815 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 September 2018 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 September 2018

PATIENT ASSISTED TRAVEL SCHEME

815. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the twenty-fifth report of the Standing Committee on Public Administration, ''Report on the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme in Western Australia''.

(1) Has the state government formally considered the report and its recommendations?

(2) On what date did the state cabinet make such consideration?

(3) Does the government agree with the recommendations contained within the report; and, if so, to what extent?

(4) What action has the government taken to implement agreed recommendations?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I note that this question was asked on 12 June 2018 and it is now 13 September. The answer was current at 12 June and I have not sought an update on this answer.

(1) The Standing Committee on Public Administration tabled its report on the patient assisted travel scheme on Tuesday, 16 June 2015. The then state government's response to the report was provided on 17 August 2015 and is publicly available.

(2) The report on the patient assisted travel scheme in Western Australia in question was tabled under the previous government. The dates, if any, on which the report was considered by cabinet under the previous government are not within the knowledge of the current government.

(3) The current government has not altered the course of action adopted by the previous government in response to the report. As recognised by the previous government, extra funding would enhance the scheme, but any additional funding needs to be considered in the context of all other competing demands for government funding. Although the fiscal environment is presently difficult, there are currently no plans to increase the PATS subsidy; however, this is something that the government is prepared to revisit in the future, when there is greater financial capacity to do so.

(4) Recommendations 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 19, 20, and 21 have been addressed. Recommendation 17 is currently being addressed.

I reiterate that that answer was current as of 12 June.