Patient travel help
RURAL patients will benefit from an increase of the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme. From January 1, the mileage subsidy rate doubled from 15 cents to 30 cents a kilometre, and the accommodation subsidy rate increased from $30 to $60 a person per night, for commercial accommodation. Patients (and in some cases, their carers) who must travel more than 50km to their closest public hospital for a specialist service are eligible for the subsidy. Patients can fill out an application form at health.qld.gov.au/ptss or phone 1343 2584.