Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Patient Assistance Transport Scheme

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().31 May 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has been advised:

The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme is an important measure to provide support for patients having to travel to Adelaide for treatment.

In 2020-21, $8.99 million was invested in PATS to support regional patients.

The new Malinauskas government has prioritised providing more funding to support the improvement of regional health services so more people can receive treatment close to where they live.

There are no current plans to change the PATS scheme, however it will continue to be considered over time.