What financial assistance is available?
What may be covered?
Assistance may be provided towards your travel and accommodation costs.
Commercial – air, bus or rail – fully paid at lowest available discount fare not including Credit Card Fees, Booking Fees or GST
Private vehicle - $0.30 per km from the patient’s closest public hospital to the closest public treatment facility.
Commercial - $60 per person per night
Private (family or friends) - $10 per person per night
Patients and escorts will pay the first 4 nights of accommodation per financial year unless eligible for a reduced contribution (e.g. the patient is under 17, or holds a concession card).
An approved escort may also be eligible for a subsidy to travel with a patient if:
- the patient is under 17 or
- an escort is required for clinical reasons specified by the Medical Officer
Escorts must be 18 years old and able to provide support/assistance to the patient.
What is not covered?
The PTSS is a subsidy only and does not cover all costs.
The PTSS does not cover:
- Taxi or Uber fares
- Rail or bus fares between airport and your accommodation or treating facility
- GST and credit/debit card fees or booking fees for bookings made by patients