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

The State Government has accepted all 15 recommendations as part of the review of the South Australian Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) to come into effect from 1 January 2015.

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.

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