Since the handing down of the Federal Budget on 13 May 2014, many positive people have talked with us about their anxiety over the impact of the budget, particularly on their income security and cost of health care.
Myths abound, including the belief that all proposed Budget changes are about to happen any minute!!! PLSA has compiled the attached update which focuses on the issues most commonly raised by people living with HIV (PLHIV), and clearly distinguishes:
1. changes that are imminent/definite
2. changes that MAY need legislation
3. changes that WILL need legislation
4. changes proposed for after the next Federal election – which may never happen!
The definite changes are already having a negative impact on PLHIV, particularly those with chronic/complex needs. For example, some of our participants are talking about stopping HIV treatment due to increased cost of scripts and healthcare more widely. However, the definite changes represent a very small proportion of the intent of the 2014 Budget. We have found it helpful to have a clear picture of this, to share with our participants. Feel free to make use of this update and provide us with any feedback. We’ll continue to keep it up-to-date as the parliamentary process occurs.
And … don’t forget, we continue to maintain up-to-date versions of the following PLSA Info Updates:
Medicare-funded Allied Health Programs for People with Chronic & Complex Conditions
Mental Health, Counselling & Support Services in SA
Support for Carers in SA
HIV Services in SA
Let us know if you’d like the latest version of any of these and/or our forthcoming update on Advance Care Directives (once the process is finalised by SA Health).