Patient Information Leaflets & Hospital Travel Costs Scheme
Hospital Travel Costs Scheme
The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme provides help with travel costs to hospital for health service treatment for people and their dependants who are in receipt of Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related), Jobseeker's allowance (Income Based), Guarantee Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit; or who are on a low income.
You may be able to get financial help from the Hospital Travel Costs Scheme if you're on a low income, need Health Service (HS) treatment at a hospital, other HS centre or private clinic and have been referred by an HS hospital consultant.
Details about who can claim and how to claim are set out in leaflet HC11 Help with health costs, available from hospitals, Social Security Offices and Jobs and Benefits Offices and on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety website at www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/hc11_help_with_health_costs.pdf
Details of the scheme are also on the NI Direct website at www.nidirect.gov.uk/hospital-travel-costs-scheme
How to claim:
- Obtain a signed Claims Voucher from the Department you have attended
- Have a Record Card signed in the Department you have attended
- Take a signed Voucher and Record Card to the cashier’s office
- Produce proof of above entitlement dated within 12 months
- Claim must be made within three months
With regard to the costs of travel to be reimbursed, the scheme states: “Appropriate travel costs should be calculated on the basis of the cheapest form of public transport available to the patient (including any promotional or concessionary fares). Patients travelling by private car may claim the lesser of:
- the estimated cost of fuel actually used, or
- the equivalent public transport cost”
* hospital car parking fees may be reimbursed
Car parking charges will only be reimbursed if they are unavoidable and penalties incurred for illegal parking will not be reimbursed.