IPTAAS is the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme provided by the NSW Government as part of it’s obligation to provide health care services for everyone in NSW.
The IPTAAS scheme financially assists people to access specialist medical treatment when it is not available in their local area.
You are eligible for IPTAAS if you are:
– an Australian citizen and a permanent resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island and hold a Medicare card
– referred by a recognised, accredited medical practitioner for specialist medical treatment
– needing to travel at least 100 km (one way) from home to attend treatment, or your combined trips to and from the specialist exceed 200kms/week
– a carer who has been certified as being medically necessary by the medical practitioner or specialist.
You are not eligible for IPTAAS if:
– you live within 100kms of appropriate treatment and are referred to that centre
– you have had your costs covered by another agency (e.g. DVA, employer schemes, workers compensation, other insurance claim)
– you travel by ambulance, air ambulance, other emergency transport or inter-facility transfer – you can still make a claim for other costs incurred
– you are participating in a clinical trial
– you use community transport to get to treatment from home.
Clinical trials are currently not covered by IPTAAS. Will clinical trial patients be eligible for reduced room rates at AccorHotels?
While the government’s IPTAAS scheme does not cover clinical trial costs, cancer patients travelling for a clinical trial will be eligible for reduced room rates at participating AccorHotels properties.
If you are unsure of your eligibility for IPTAAS:
– Please call Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support to talk about what options are available to you.
– Visit the IPTAAS website at enable.health.nsw.gov.au/home/iptaas
– Call 1 800 IPTAAS (1800 478 227)