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Accommodation subsidies and financial assistance for patients, carers and families.

Patient Assisted Travel Schemes

Financial Assistance is available to many patients and carers needing to travel for medical care. Many patients and carers living in rural or regional areas are eligible for Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS). PATS is operated by each Australian State and Territory Government. These schemes support patients, their carers and families by subsidising the costs of accommodation near hospitals. They also help to cover the costs of travelling to and from the hospital. Eligibility criteria for financial assistance varies and links to each scheme are shown below.

Methods vary across regions, however there are generally two ways to book and pay for accommodation.

1. Book your accommodation with MediStays and we provide you with a tax invoice to claim your accommodation subsidy.

2. Contact MediStays to enquire if we can bulk bill your accommodation costs with your local PATS Office. Billing may include all or a portion of your stay.

Please note, all subsidies are approved by your local State or Territory PATS office. MediStays is unable to approve subsidy applications.

If you are experiencing financial distress or concern, please contact a social worker or your hospital for professional support and advice.

Schemes by State

VIC

VIC patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $45/night.

ACT

ACT patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $44/night.

NSW

NSW patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $45/night.

NT

NT patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $60/night.

QLD

QLD patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $60/night.

SA

SA patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $44/night.

TAS

Tasmanian patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $66/night.

WA

WA patients and carers

Check your eligibility for accommodation assistance starting at $60/night.

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