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Patient Assisted Travel Schemes
The Australian Government recognises that geographic isolation may inhibit access to specialist health care for people living in rural and remote Australia. Patient Assisted Travel Schemes (PATS) and other transport assistance are important mechanisms to support this access.
All Australian states and territories operate a PATS. These schemes provide a subsidy to assist with travel, escort and accommodation expenses incurred when rural and remote Australians travel over 100 kilometres to access specialised health care not available within a specified distance from their place of residence.
The Australian Government has no role in funding or delivering PATS services.
For further information of the PATS in your state or Territory please contact (information current as at 10/09/2014):
Queensland - Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme
NSW - Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme
Victoria - Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme
Tasmania - Patient Travel Assistance Scheme
South Australia – Patient Assistance Transport Scheme
Western Australia – Patient Assisted Travel Scheme
Northern Territory - Patient Assistance Travel Scheme
ACT – Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme