Policies and reimbursements
Short Motel Stay Policy
Patients and carers visiting Brisbane or Townsville for follow-up appointments usually require accommodation for less than seven days. When this is the case:
- the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland will help organise motel accommodation if required
- the patient/carer is then required to pay the motel costs and submit the Queensland Health’s Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) claim form to their local regional hospital
- the patient/carer can then complete and forward the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Financial Assistance Claim for Motel Subsidy form (contact us for a form, or download it here), and a subsidy up to a limit of $30 per night will be paid
- additional support and subsidy will be considered on a case by case basis.
Queensland Health Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme
The Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) provides assistance to patients, and in some cases their carers, to enable them to access specialist medical services that are not available locally.
A medical practitioner must refer the patient to the specialist medical service. A subsidy is provided to approved patients and carers (escorts) to assist in the cost of travel and accommodation to the nearest specialist medical service that is more than 50 kilometres from the patient’s nearest hospital.
An application form must be completed and forwarded to the hospital nearest to the patient’s place of residence. These hospitals are responsible for all aspects of patient travel.
Details are provided in the PTSS information booklet. Patients wishing to access the Scheme can do so by:
- downloading the application form
- speaking to your local or treating hospital
- contacting the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland, or
- phoning 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).