The National Travel Assistance Scheme was set up to help people who travel a long way to get to specialist appointments, get some of their travel expenses back.
To be eligible for the reimbursement, you must be referred from one specialist to another and travel a minimum distance or make a minimum number of trips. Both specialists must also be part of a publicly funded health and disability support service.
If this sounds like your situation, read on to find out if you meet the criteria to get some of your travel expense back through the National Travel Assistance Scheme.
|Adult||Child (up to 18 years)||Babies up to four weeks old|
||Has your child (up to 18 years):
||The criteria below apply to babies who are up to 28 days old or until the baby is first discharged from hospital – whichever is later.
Babies upon discharge from hospital need to meet the same criteria as that set out for children (up to 18 years).
Does your child:
If you are eligible and your accommodation is approved by your specialist, you will be able to claim for some assistance, for example, payment towards costs of a motel room, or an allowance when staying with friends and family.
(Note: Accommodation is not usually approved for travel less than 100km away.)
Under certain circumstances, you may also be eligible for assistance towards a support person’s costs, for example, if your specialist recommends a support person to assist you with clinical decision-making, or to provide physical support.
When a child is eligible for travel and accommodation assistance, they are always eligible for assistance towards a support person’s costs.
Clinic staff will help you register for travel assistance and complete your first claim form.
Make sure your claim form is signed and stamped by clinic staff for each appointment you attend.
You must keep receipts for public transport and/or accommodation to support your claim.
The National Travel Assistance Scheme is funded according to the National Travel Assistance Policy document, effective from 1 January 2006. It is published and will be amended from time to time by the Ministry of Health.
Full terms and conditions are available from www.moh.govt.nz/travelassistance(external link)
For more information about claiming travel assistance, please contact:
Ministry of Health
National Travel Assistance
PO Box 1026
Ph: 0800 281 222 (press 2)