Little Russell Sim needs numerous eye operations before his first birthday. Russell was born with congenital glaucoma.
Little Russell Sim needs numerous eye operations before his first birthday. Russell was born with congenital glaucoma. Mike Knott

Russell's illness a hard road to travel

IT'S hard enough caring for a seriously ill child, but it's made that much harder when you have to travel for treatment.

You are away from your family and support networks and not to forget the costs that are involved.

So I really feel for little Russell Sim's family.

They are trying to do what they need to save his sight, but their pleas for help have fallen largely on deaf ears.

Yes, they can claim money back through the patient travel subsidy scheme, but is it fair that they are waiting months to for it to be refunded?

And they don't get 100% of what they've paid back as it is.

Should families have to be concerned with how they are going to pay their other bills, while contemplating how to get down to Brisbane for the next lot of surgery?

Not everyone has private health insurance or savings in the bank that they can rely on in this type of situation.

I'm not sure what the answer is - a quicker patient travel subsidy would help - but surely there is more help available to this family?



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