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Monday, June 27, 2016

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Patient Assistance Transport Scheme Introduction  

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. The scheme is available to eligible South Australian residents and approved escorts who do not have access to medical specialist services locally. The scheme is designed to assist people who are required to attend planned medical specialist appointments but is not designed to subsidise travel for emergency medical needs.

A new online portal will be available from 1 July 2016, making it easier for you to apply for your subsidy. Additionally, the portal can be accessed by your GP and specialist medical practitioner, which means you will no longer need to carry paperwork. More information about making an online application will be available shortly online and via GP practices and hospitals. 

We will also be providing from 1 July some clarifications on the criteria for applications in a friendly and useable format.

For more information about PATS see the PATS Handbook or email 


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