Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan yesterday announced veterans could now claim up to $1000 reimbursement for medical expenses when they have applied to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) or the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) review process.
FILE PHOTO: Lieutenant Colonel David Ward, 2IC 1 Health Support Battalion, takes a break during Op Padang Assist following earthquakes in Indonesia (2009). Photo by Able Seaman Andrew Dakin.
Mr Tehan said the reimbursement amount had been increased from $467.50 to $1000 for each medical condition to encourage the early submission of medical evidence.
“This measure will encourage veterans applying for a review at the VRB to get any necessary medical evidence as soon as possible to help speed up the review process,” Mr Tehan said.
“Increasing the amount that can be reimbursed will ensure those applying to the VRB are appropriately remunerated for any relevant out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred as a result of obtaining evidence for VRB hearings.
“The government is committed to supporting the veteran community and their families, and this new measure further demonstrates work to strengthen this support.”