Post Operation Care

S. Paurini made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: S. Paurini

Dear Ministry of Health,

If a patient is made to leave a public hospital after their operation but they have no way of looking after themselves do they have to pay for the assistance they need privately? How do they get home?

If the patient does not have access to a vehicle to get to and from the hospital and no one to take them how do they get there and back?

If they don't have the means to pay for anything privately, what kinds of publicly funded care are available to them?

Who provides the care and who ensures that it is actually provided?

What limits are put on care at home? E.g. I've been told by a hospital official that after care is not usually available but if it is necessary, there is a limit of only one hour per week. Is that true?

I understand there is a Travel Assistance fund but the hospital will only help with kilometres. What if a patient can't drive and has no access to a vehicle or a ride?

Yours faithfully,

S. Paurini

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Thank you for your request for official information received on 11
December 2020 for:    

 

 "If a patient is made to leave a public hospital after their operation
but they have no way of looking after themselves do they have to pay for
the assistance they need privately? How do they get home?

If the patient does not have access to a vehicle to get to and from the
hospital and no one to take them how do they get there and back?

If they don't have the means to pay for anything privately, what kinds of
publicly funded care are available to them?

Who provides the care and who ensures that it is actually provided?

What limits are put on care at home? E.g. I've been told by a hospital
official that after care is not usually available but if it is necessary,
there is a limit of only one hour per week. Is that true?

I understand there is a Travel Assistance fund but the hospital will only
help with kilometres. What if a patient can't drive and has no access to a
vehicle or a ride?”

 

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202009231.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 1 February 2021, being
20 working days after the day your request was received. Please note, the
three weeks between Christmas Day and 15 January 2021 do not count as
working days. For more information, please refer to the following website:
[1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame. If you have any
queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

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