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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1262..


Hospitals-interstate patient travel assistance

(Question No 158)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

In relation to the Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme, what are the rates of payment for (a) individual patients and (b) people escorting individual patients, (i) air travel, (ii) self drive car travel, (iii) taxi travel, (iv) coach travel, (v) train travel, (vi) hotel/motel accommodation, (vii) private accommodation, (viii) meals and (ix) other living expenses.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The following are the rates of payment in relation to the Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme:

(a)

For individual patients

(i)

Air travel

Where air travel is deemed necessary by the referring specialist it will be paid for by the Scheme.

(ii)

Self drive care travel

Canberra/Sydney/Canberra: $40.00

Canberra/Melbourne/Canberra: $100.00

Canberra/Adelaide/Canberra: $150.00

Canberra/Brisbane/Canberra: $150.00

(iii)

Taxi travel

Is not covered by the scheme.

(iv)

Coach travel

Reimbursement of full ticket will made with the exception of coach travel to Sydney, where a maximum rate of $40 applies.

(v)

Train travel

Reimbursement of full ticket will made with the exception of train travel to Sydney, where a maximum rate of $40 applies.

(vi)

Hotel/motel accommodation

$30 per night per patient

(vii)

Private accommodation

$10 per person per night

(viii)

Meals

Are not covered by the scheme

(ix)

Other living expenses

Are not covered by the scheme

(b)

People escorting individual patients

(i)

Air travel

Where air travel is deemed necessary by the referring specialist it will be paid for by the Scheme.

(ii)

Self drive car travel

Is only paid once to either the patient or escorting individual.

(iii)

Taxi travel

Is not met by the scheme.

(iv)

Coach travel

Reimbursement of full ticket will be made with the exception of coach travel to Sydney, where a maximum rate of $40 applies.


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