If you live in a rural area, you will probably have to travel to another town or city for specialist medical services and treatment, and you may have to stay overnight at times. This can be expensive.
All state and territory governments provide some financial assistance for these kinds of expenses through Patient Assisted Travel Schemes (PATS).
The rules and amounts paid vary but they all help cover travel expenses on public transport for you and an eligible escort as well as accommodation for both of you in a commercial accommodation.
The payment you receive will depend on the distance you need to travel, and you may only be eligible if you are attending the treatment centre closest to your home.
While these payments will not cover all the costs of your travel and accommodation for treatment, they can help and are worth investigating.
Visit My Journey, BCNA’s online tool for information tailored to your diagnosis. My Journey also has a Symptom Tracking tool that you can use to help you record your symptoms, what works for you and what doesn’t.
Join our Online Network if you think that talking to others online and sharing experiences will help.
Contact BCNA’s Helpline on 1800 500 258 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm AEST Monday to Friday, for information about the services and support that may be available for you and your family.
Many supports and services are in place to ensure regional and remote patients receive the same quality of care as in larger towns and cities
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