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Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)

The Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) provides a subsidy towards the cost of travel and accommodation for eligible permanent country residents, and their approved escorts, who are required to travel a long distance to access certain categories of specialist medical services including Telehealth.


How to Apply

Application forms are available from referring medical practitioners, your local PATS office or can be downloaded from the PATS resources and accommodation webpage, and can be lodged via fax, mail, email or in person. Note that the application must be submitted prior to your travel.


This service is available to:

  • permanent residents in a WA Country Health Service region who need to travel more than 100 km to the nearest eligible medical specialist services
  • country patients who need to travel more than 70km to access specialist medical treatment for cancer or dialysis, where the health service is unable to provide a transport service
  • escorts may be approved for people with certain medical conditions, including People undergoing cancer treatment,          
  •  the frail or people with a disability 
  • people under 18 years of age

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