A health worker is getting $2000 in medical loans out of her pocket after her employer agreed to provide her with a medical assessment, a health official said.
The woman is also receiving an additional $10000 for her care, the Health Department said on its website.
Ms Wozniak is a former nurse, who is now an administrator for the Department of Human Services.
She was paid $19,000 in salary and benefits last year.
“We were able to secure an assessment for her in October 2016 and we had the assessment done by a third-party medical practitioner in July 2017,” Ms Wochniak’s manager, Mark McElvaney, told ABC Local.
“It’s a very expensive process.
We had a little over $2000 [on the loan], which was for the whole of her care and the whole time she was in hospital.”
He said it was important to note the amount was a lump sum, and she could still use the money to pay for her medical care.
“She’s had a lot of expenses since her return from hospital, so it’s been a significant expense,” he said.
Ms McEvilaney said the Department was not aware of the amount of money she had received from her employer.
The money was earmarked for a carer, who had been caring for Ms Wogan’s mother.
He said she had been paid for more than 40 years, but had no idea if she would be able to continue.
“I haven’t received any notice of any change to her benefits,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“And the fact that she’s getting that money, I don’t know if she will be able and she’s not going to get that money.”
I think that’s probably fair enough.
“A spokesman for the Health Minister, John Robertson, said the money was a payment for Ms McWogan’s care.
“Her medical history includes a number of previous cases of non-HIV-related illnesses, which she has been well supported by her GP and other doctors, including a specialist specialist who worked on her behalf.” “
Ms Wogan was treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital by a specialist in internal medicine, who has been involved in her care for more and more than 30 years,” he wrote in an email.
“Her medical history includes a number of previous cases of non-HIV-related illnesses, which she has been well supported by her GP and other doctors, including a specialist specialist who worked on her behalf.”
A spokeswoman for the Government’s Public Health Agency said the Health and Disability Services Department had a duty to ensure every person with a disability or impairment received their fair share of funding.
“As a Government agency we have a duty of care to ensure all Australians have access to the services they need,” the spokeswoman said.
“That means we do everything possible to ensure that people with a genuine disability, or an impairment, are provided with appropriate services, and we will continue to provide services to all Australians regardless of their disability or disability-related condition.”
The Health Department was working with the Department for Human Services and the Department’s Financial Services Manager, Dr Michael MacPherson, to resolve the matter.