Residents reliant on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers may face having to receive less treatment this year.
Last month the Federal Government announced an increase to price limits that can be charged by providers of therapy, attendant care, and community participation under the NDIS.
The price rise will come into effect on July 1 and will include a minimum increase of almost $11 per hour for therapists and up to a 15.4 per cent price increase to the base limit charged for attendant care and community participation.
Meanwhile announcements made as part of the Coalition's 2019 budget will result in the NDIS facing a cut of around $1.6 billion to the amount being payed to recipients of the NDIS across the country from 2019 to 2020.
The Coalition has justified the cut from the NDIS following a slower than expected uptake of NDIS services, while critics are arguing that the decline in uptake is due to difficulties facing people trying to access the scheme.
Griffith resident Sue Murray cares for her daughter Rachel who has cerebral palsy, and is concerned about a potential price increase to the amount she pays for her daughters physiotherapy in Griffith.
Also for the price she pays for the transport and community participation services that her daughter benefits from at Griffith Post School Options.
"If they are going to increase prices, people are going to stop sending their child to therapy three days a week because they haven't got enough in the budget, they're going to send them one day a week," Ms Murray said.
Ms Murray said the hardest part of caring for a disabled person in a regional area is finding and receiving the 'right' services.
The concerns about the increase in prices have also been compounded by fears raised about the lack of transparency in which the NDIS is being funded through the federal budget.
Among those concerned is National Disability Service acting CEO David Moody who has said funds allocated to the NDIS should be invested directly into the scheme and not absorbed into general revenue for other government programs.
Ray Carroll the CEO of Kurrajong, a NDIS service provider in Griffith, said he agreed with the comments about funding the NDIS directly.
However he is also convinced that NDIS service providers need to be able to charge more to be economically viable in the Riverina.
"This is good news for the sector, however, we feel that there is still a way to go to get NDIS prices to where they should be to ensure ongoing viability for service providers," Mr Carroll said.
"Kurrajong is always looking for ways to improve and expand their services where there is an identified need and this recent increase in NDIS funding will help to meet that need where required."
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