Patient transport services in Western Australia (WA) include: emergency, non-emergency, and non-acute patient transport provided via road and air; and travel subsidies provided through the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme. These services are critical to WA’s health system and delivered through a variety of arrangements, from contracted State-wide service providers to hospital-based volunteers. In 2013/14 WA Health spent nearly $200 million on patient transport services to ensure that the WA community had access to the right mode of patient transport at the right place and in the right timeframe.
The Western Australian Patient Transport Strategy 2015-18 outlines how patient transport services will be sourced over the short term, from 1 July 2015, and identifies a three year action plan to enhance WA Health’s procurement and provision of patient transport services.
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