Subsidy great but time to offer treatments within region

IT'S hard enough when a loved one is ill without having to travel for treatment.

My family was "lucky" when my mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

I say "lucky" because we lived near a hospital that could treat her.

Mum died after three months, but we were able to spend quality time with her.

There was no need to travel hundreds of kilometres to a major city, or spend extra money on accommodation when we arrived.

I really do feel for those in our community who have to do that.

Imagine the financial strain.

Imagine the emotional toll.

It's fantastic the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme has been given a much-needed boost.

But let's have a quick look at the real issue here.

We need to fill the gap in our own region, and provide the specialist services that we so desperately need.