The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)
The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme, to provide financial assistance to those patients who do not have a medical need for ambulance transport, but who require assistance with their travel costs.
Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits or allowances are reimbursed in part or in full for fares incurred in travelling to traditionally hospital-based NHS services under the care of a consultant, if their journey meets certain criteria.
See website for full details.
Who to contact
- 01872 252211
Where to go
- General Office, Royal Cornwall Hospital
Royal Cornwall Hospital
- TR1 3LJ
- If you're on entitled benefits or allowances you get back the full travel costs by using the cheapest form of public transport available, including any concessions or promotions.
If you use a private car you can claim for petrol instead (and car parking charges where unavoidable); currently the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust reimburse mileage on the basis of 15p per mile.