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Patients who need to travel long distances for treatment may be eligible for NSW Government financial assistance through IPTAAS.

IPTAAS may be able to help

Oct 13, 2021

Patients who need to travel long distances for treatment may be eligible for NSW Government financial assistance through the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS).

The scheme can subsidise patients for travel costs associated with treatment, including air travel if required for medical reasons. The scheme also provides accommodation subsidies for eligible patients.

A patient may be eligible for IPTAAS if they are:

  • A resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island
  • Enrolled with Medicare
  • Not receiving, or eligible for, financial assistance for travel and accommodation from third party insurance or other Australian State and Territory government services, such as Motor Vehicle insurance, DVA gold card, workers compensation
  • Referred for treatment at their nearest health service (If it is not the nearest, please see IPTAAS guidelines extract 3.4.1 for more information)
  • Receiving treatment at an eligible health service
  • Travelling from their residence for treatment at least 100km (one way), or at least 200kms in a week by making multiple trips to and from treatment by the same specialist.

To find out more about IPTAAS, including eligibility and application forms, visit the IPTAAS website.

Patients can also apply online or in person at their local Service NSW Service Centre.

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