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Question Without Notice No. 930 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

PATIENT ASSISTED TRAVEL SCHEME — MINING AND PASTORAL REGION

930. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to claims by patients who are constituents in the Mining and Pastoral Region that they are being detained in Perth overnight awaiting cheaper airfares home under the patient assisted travel scheme.

(1) Does the WA Country Health Service apply a policy or guideline that requires patients to remain in Perth longer than is required to access cheaper commercial airfares?

(2) If yes to (1), please table the policy or guideline and advise the date of its effect?

(3) What is the airfare cost cap that is applied to regional PATS flights?

(4) How does the WA Country Health Service consider the high flight cost versus the additional accommodation costs borne by patients required to stay overnight awaiting cheaper commercial airfares?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised of the following.

(1) The patient assisted travel scheme policy, or guideline, does not require patients to remain in Perth longer than is required to access cheaper commercial airfares.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) No airfare cost cap is applied to regional PATS flights; however, the cheapest flight of the day of required travel is recommended.

(4) High flight cost is not considered in determining a requirement for patients to stay in Perth to await cheaper airfares.