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Victorians living in rural and regional areas can receive Government assistance when travelling long distances for medical treatment.
Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)The Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS) is run by the state's Department of Health. It can provide you with compensation for the cost of fuel, public transport, air travel, taxi travel and accommodation between your home and the medical specialist.
More information on eligibility and the exact amount of financial assistance you can claim is available on the scheme's website, or by calling 1300 737 073.
Medical Companion Service
The Medical Companion Service, which is sponsored by V/Line, employs a number of volunteers who will meet travellers and accompany them by public transport to-and-from their medical appointments around Melbourne's CBD. It is a free service that runs from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, as well as on weekends and out-of-hours on request.
The service is available to regional and metropolitan travellers, but must be booked 48 hours before travel. Visit the TRAVELLERS aid Medical Companion Service website or call 1300 700 399 to request the service.