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Review of the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme - changes effective 1 January 2015  

To come into effect from 1 January 2015, all 15 recommendations were accepted as part of a review of the South Australian Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS).

Future changes to the PATS scheme include:
  • Abolishing the requirement for patients to pay the first $30 on the travel costs (fuel or airfares) for each trip
  • Increasing the Government contribution for accommodation from $30 per night to $40 per night
  • Expanding the PATS criteria to accommodate escorts: and
  • Allowing for approval of claims for the travel component only (not accommodation) where patients extend stay longer than medically necessary.
The independent review was led by health specialist Dr David Filby who travelled across the State and received almost 200 letters and submissions.
The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) is a subsidy program that provides money to pay for some travel, escort and accommodation costs when rural and remote South Australians travel over 100 kilometres each way to see a specialist.  In the last financial year 16,300 people used the PATS who made 40,000 claims.
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