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Local Riverland & Mallee residents using the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme or PATS, will now have more flexibility to plan their trips.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the Marshall Liberal Government has listened to feedback from regional MPs and the broader community and is introducing more flexibility, common sense and compassion into the way PATS operates.

In hundreds of cases each year, country South Australians have effectively been penalised for consolidating multiple medical appointments into one trip, combining trips with other non-medical appointments or for spending extra time in Adelaide

From this week, anyone eligible for a PATS subsidy who decides to extend their trip won’t be disqualified from receiving their payment

For information on the PATS and how it can be accessed, visit

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