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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.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, assistance is available to travel on the most economical form of transport appropriate to your medical condition as recommended by your local doctor.

For more information about PATS see the PATS Handbook or email 

Patient Assistance Transport Scheme Review

An independent review led by health specialist Dr David Filby resulted in 15 new recommendations.

The financial changes are effective 1 January 2015 and these include:

  • Abolishing the requirement for patients to pay the first $30 on the travel costs (fuel or air fares) for each trip for any appointments on or after 1 January 2015.
  • Increasing the Government contribution for accommodation from $30 per night to $40 per night for accommodation costs from 1 January 2015 onwards.
  • Expanding the PATS criteria to accommodate escorts from 1 January 2015 onwards when the patient is hospitalised.

A new data system is in development to help streamline processes for country consumers, and communication materials will be available when this is launched in 2015.

Further information about the review is available on the SA Health website


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