|Title:||Excluded Cosmetic Procedures Ė PATS Ineligibility|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1785/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 6 May 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||As of 1 April 2004 patients travelling for excluded cosmetic surgical procedures as defined by OP 1738/04 will not be eligible for Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) assistance.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 April 2004|
|Authorised by:||Ms Sandy Thomson, Director, Health Policy & Planning, Western Australian Country Health Services, 02-Apr-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Excluded Cosmetic Procedures Ė PATS Ineligibility
The Minister for Health has endorsed the following amendment to the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) eligibility guidelines.
As of 1 April 2004 patients travelling for excluded cosmetic surgical procedures as defined by OP 1738/04 will not be eligible for PATS assistance. This restriction will apply to patients who are travelling to a private facility for cosmetic procedures not available through their local public hospital.
Approval for assistance by the relevant Director of Medical Services/Delegate can be given in exceptional clinical circumstances.
Should the decision of the Director of Medical Services/Delegate be disputed the Chief Medical Officer will review the circumstances.
General Practice Divisions
Advice will be provided to General Practice Divisions for the information of their members, regarding the changes to the PATS guidelines.
The following list of cosmetic surgical procedures will be excluded and is the same as defined in Operational Circular 1738/04.
NB: Unilateral mammoplasty procedures are not included in these exclusions.
Ms Sandy Thomson
This circular last updated: Thursday, 6 May 2004 at 12:00am