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Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) Reminder for Health Professionals

Health professionals across the region are being reminded of the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) for their patients.

IPTAAS is a NSW government scheme that provides financial assistance to eligible patients who travel for treatment not available locally.

IPTAAS is not a full reimbursement scheme. It provides eligible patients a subsidy to assist with travel and accommodation costs only; it is not intended to cover all costs associated with accessing treatment.

A patient is eligible for IPTAAS if they are:

  • a resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island
  • enrolled with Medicare
  • not be receiving, or eligible for, financial assistance for travel and accommodation from third
  • party insurance or other Australian State and Territory government services
  • referred for treatment at their nearest health service
  • receiving treatment at an eligible health service
  • traveling from their residence for treatment at least 100km (one way), or at least 200kms in a week by making multiple trips to and from the same treatment location.

The information in these guidelines is general in nature and does not take into account every individual circumstance. A patient’s eligibility is assessed with each application they submit, and applications may be declined if the eligibility criteria is not met.

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