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Patients Travel Cost Allowance Increased

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Fuseworks Media
Tony Ryall
Tony Ryall

Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The amount patients can claim for frequent or long-distance travel is being increased for the first time in 20 years, Health Minister Tony Ryall said today.

He said the National Travel Assistance (NTA) policy had been in place for a long time and was for patients who were referred by a specialist to another specialist, and those who had to travel frequently or long distances for their appointments.

It is being increased from 20 cents per km to 28 cents, and the maximum accommodate rate is being increased to $100 per night.

"We know that these increases will not cover all the actual costs of travel and accommodation for patients," Mr Ryall said.

"The NTA support has always been a help rather than a reimbursement.

"But in tough financial times every bit extra will help, especially for people who have health issues that are not easy to manage close to home."

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