Don and Christine MacDonald are fighting for justice for Don’s mum and Chris’ mother-in-law, who is a double amputee in Maryborough Hospital and facing huge bills for her bed care.
Don and Christine MacDonald are fighting for justice for Don’s mum and Chris’ mother-in-law, who is a double amputee in Maryborough Hospital and facing huge bills for her bed care. Toni McRae

Hope for double amputee

THE ELDERLY Maryborough woman who recently became a double amputee and is stressing over a possible $678.90 fortnightly bed stay bill from Queensland Health may be in for a dose of good news.

The woman’s husband received a letter warning that the charge could kick in after October 5 when the woman’s current acute care certificate runs out.

“We simply can’t afford this amount of money,” the distressed husband told the Chronicle on Wednesday.

“We are not on the pension because we own 400-plus acres of land but the truth is we can’t do anything much with the land except try to sell it.

“The council made it too difficult for a developer who was trying to turn our property into a residential and retirement estate so he pulled out earlier this year.”

Yesterday Queensland Health’s Dr Michael Cleary, deputy director-general policy strategy and resourcing, said that the Federal Government allowed a fee for “long stay” non-acute patients staying in public hospitals throughout Australia.

“If a patient is not clinically classified as requiring acute care, or hospitalisation, a fee is charged after 35 days.

“The patient you refer to has not received an account, but a notification that on October 5 the current acute care certificate expires.

“The patient may receive another acute care certificate depending on their clinical condition.

“There are avenues for the family to highlight financial hardship that impact on the patient’s ability to pay.

“Depending on the individual circumstances, this fee can be reduced or waived.”

Meanwhile the woman’s husband praised the staff at the Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Brisbane hospitals where his wife has been cared for.

“They are bloody marvellous,” he said.



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