The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme – called PATS for short – is a subsidy program funded by the Government of South Australia and administered through the six regional local health networks by the Rural Support Service in SA Health.
Through PATS, subsidies are provided to assist South Australians who are required to travel more than 100km each way to access necessary and approved medical specialist services that are not available locally.
To be eligible for PATS subsidies, you need to:
be a permanent South Australian resident
be enrolled in Medicare and receive treatment claimable through Medicare
not receive, or be eligible for, financial assistance for travel and accommodation through another provider, and have claimed any available benefits from a private health fund first, if applicable
have an appointment with or receive treatment from the nearest recognised medical specialist or approved medical specialist service (unless there is a valid medical reason for bypassing this service, in which case your referring doctor must complete section 1 of the application form)
be travelling more than 100km from your residence to your appointment or treatment location.
Approved escorts are also eligible for PATS.
PATS can contribute to the cost of your accommodation and travel, including air travel authorised by your specialist if required. Specific details about what’s covered can be found in the PATS Guidelines for Assessment (PDF 568KB).
Access the PATS online calculator tool to determine the distance you travel from your permanent place of residence to specialist medical services.
online portal is quick and easy to use – login or register to make your claim. Make sure you have an email address and your Medicare number handy.
GPs and specialist medical practitioners must register and be certified by PATS for portal access.
Paper-based PATS forms are still available if you need them and can be accessed below.
If you are claiming for an individual appointment with your specialist, please use sections 1, 2 and 3. If you are claiming for multiple appointments in a short timeframe with the same specialist (block treatment), please use section 4.
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