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Hospital Travel Costs

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the cost to a hospital trust of reimbursing the travel costs of patients eligible under the hospital travel costs scheme is (a) included in the reference cost or national tariff payment to the hospital trust and (b) forms an additional cost which may be invoiced to the patient's primary care trust; and if she will make a statement. (75502)

Where the service provided to a patient falls within the scope of payment by results the national tariff applicable to that service includes an element in respect of the hospital travel costs scheme (HTCS) and hospital trusts should not receive additional funding from primary care trusts (PCTs) in respect of that patient. Where the service is outside the scope of payment by results the trust will need to recover its outlay in respect of HTCS from the PCT in the normal way.