Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme

NSW Department of Health, 2011

Health Policy Analysis was engaged by the NSW Department of Health (now the NSW Ministry of Health) to undertake a comprehensive review of the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) eligibility criteria and subsidy levels, including cost modelling to inform decision-making regarding potential change(s). The objective of the project was to identify, report on and provide recommendations on the best option(s) for reform of IPTAAS eligibility criteria and subsidy levels, with a key focus on improving equity of access to IPTAAS. The project was undertaken in a context of the NSW Government election commitment to provide an additional $28 million over four years to boost IPTAAS to bring NSW more into line with other states.

Along with extensive analysis on historical claims, Health Policy Analysis built a spreadsheet model to model the effect of changes in fuel subsidy, accommodation subsidy, patient co-contribution fees and coverage of chronic patients on total claims under the program. Several options were presented to the client on the way the election enhancements could be used to improve the scheme, from which one was chosen for implementation from January 2012.

In early 2012, Health Policy Analysis was re-engaged to assist with the allocations of the election enhancements across the IPTAAS offices, as well as auditing the reasonableness of previous enhancements to the scheme.