Patient Assistance Travel Scheme

Escorts and Patient Assistance Travel Scheme

An escort is someone who accompanies you when you travel. Your escort may need to help you with your treatment as a carer, or if you are impaired.

Your referring practitioner will decide if you need an escort.

An escort is automatically approved in all of the following cases:

  • you are under 18 years old
  • if you have a child under two years old travelling with you
  • you are travelling interstate for surgery or intensive treatments.

There are other circumstances where escorts are approved and you can discuss this with your referring practitioner.

Escorts are not approved for emotional support or to keep the patient company. Other people can travel with you in these circumstances but they can't claim for costs.

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Last updated: 20 March 2020

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