Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme
You may be able to claim a refund under the 'Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme' (HTCS) of the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises for NHS-funded treatment or diagnostic test arranged by a doctor or dentist.
To qualify for help with travel costs under the HTCS, you must meet three conditions:
- At the time of your appointment, you or your partner (including civil partners) must be receiving one of the qualifying benefits or allowances, or meet the eligibility criteria of the NHS Low Income Scheme.
- Your journey must be made to receive NHS-funded non-primary medical or non-primary dental care services, to which you have been referred to by a GP, dentist or hospital consultant.
- For referrals made by a primary practitioner such a GP or dentist, the service must be provided on a different day and in premises other than those occupied by the practitioner who made the referral.
You can claim travel costs for your children if 2 or 3 above applies to them and you are in group 1 above at the time of the appointment.
Any young person aged 16 or over may make their own NHS Low Income Scheme claim.
There is more information in leaflet HC11- Help with health costs, which you can find on the NHS Choices website.
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Last updated: 25 Feb 2019