On 1 January 2013, the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) mileage subsidy rate increased from 15 cents to 30 cents per kilometre and the accommodation subsidy rate from $30 to $60 per person per night when staying in commercial accommodation. The subsidy for private accommodation remains unchanged at $10 per person per night.
The subsidy increases apply to approved patient and carer (escort) travel taking place from 1 January 2013. The current eligibility criteria will remain in place.
The PTSS provides assistance to patients, and in some cases their carers, to enable them to access specialist medical services that are not available locally.
A subsidy is provided to approved patients and carers (escorts) to assist in the cost of travel and accommodation to the nearest specialist medical service that is more than 50 km from the patient's nearest hospital. An application form must be completed and forwarded to the hospital nearest to the patient's place of residence. These hospitals are responsible for all aspects of patient travel, and inquiries regarding the subsidy should be directed to these facilities.
A medical practitioner must refer the patient to the specialist medical service. The PTSS patient pamphlet and guide are available for download from the links below.