Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)
The Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) provides financial subsidies for travel and accommodation to eligible permanent country residents who need to access specialist medical services away from their homes.
There are strict eligibility requirements and the Scheme does not cover all costs associated with travelling to attend a specialist appointment away from where you live. Also a number of specialty areas are not eligible for PATS.
When applying for assistance under PATS there are some important steps to remember.
- Your application must be signed and completed by an approved referring practitioner.
- Wherever possible, you must lodge your PATS application with your local PATS office before you travel.
- Your application will be valid for 12 months for the same specialist or specialty.
- To claim your reimbursement from PATS you must lodge a PATS Specialist Certification Form within 8 weeks of your appointment. The form must be completed by your specialist and signed by your specialist or health clinic employee confirming that you attended your appointment.
WA Country Health Service
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