We can pay for your ambulance journey in an emergency situation. In some non-emergency situations, we may also pay for you to travel by ambulance.
If you are required by your health professional to travel interstate to seek medical treatment and are subsequently subject to COVID-19 related quarantine/isolation costs, DVA may be able to assist with those costs. Please call 1800 550 455 for more information.
We may pay for ambulance transport if you have either of the following:
Non-liability health care
You may also be eligible for ambulance services when travelling for non-liability health care (NLHC) treatment (not service-related) for any of the following conditions:
- malignant cancer (neoplasia)
- pulmonary tuberculosis
- any mental health condition
- substance use disorder
- alcohol use disorder
We may pay for emergency ambulance transport to your nearest clinical facility that meets your clinical needs.
We may also pay for non-emergency ambulance transport if you:
- require transport on a stretcher
- require treatment during transport
- are severely disfigured or
- are incontinent to a degree that precludes the use of other forms of transport
If you receive an invoice for eligible ambulance services, please contact us before you arrange to pay it.
Steps to access ambulance transport
1. In a medical emergency dial 000.
For non-emergency ambulance transport your health provider, hospital physician or discharge planner will make the necessary arrangements with the ambulance provider direct.
2. If possible, notify the ambulance operator of your Veteran White Card or Veteran Gold Card details.
If you are eligible for ambulance transport, we are only able to pay for:
- your trip to the nearest clinical facility that meets your clinical needs
- the most appropriate form of transport to take you to your temporary accommodation
If you are travelling to a different state or overseas, we not able to pay for you to be transported back home.
As we may not cover ambulance transport in every instance, you may also wish to consider taking out travel insurance before travelling or going on holidays.
- You may wish to take out general ambulance cover as we may not fund ambulance transport in all instances.
- If there is a clinical need for an inter-hospital transfer via ambulance, the hospital will make the necessary arrangements.
- If you travel by ambulance, we do not pay for the travel expenses of your medically required attendant.
- We do not cover ambulance services for a permanent residential relocation, this includes from one residential aged care facility to another if there is no change in assessed care levels.