Patient travel scheme supporting more Kiwis
Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health
Patient travel scheme supporting more
Patients who need to travel outside their region
for specialist health services or frequently to appointments
are receiving more support than ever before.
Minister Tony Ryall said this government is committed to
improving access to health services for New
“Last financial year, $38 million in travel
and accommodation assistance was provided to over 33,000
patients – 40 per cent more funding than in 2008.
National Travel Assistance policy makes a real difference to
patients by reducing their expenses during an already
“Someone living in a rural area that
has to travel frequently for cancer treatment or parents of
a very ill baby in a neonatal intensive care unit may
receive financial support under this scheme.”
the National led Government increased the mileage allowance
and accommodation rate – the first increase in over 20
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