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If you have to travel to hospital for treatment, you may be able to claim a refund on your bus or train fares, petrol costs or, in exceptional circumstances, taxi fares.
You can only do this if the following conditions apply:
If you need someone to travel with you to hospital for medical reasons, you can get their travel costs paid for as well. If you’re not receiving any of the above benefits, but are on a low income, see details of the Low Income Scheme| . This may be another way to get help with your hospital travel fares.
You can usually get your refund at the hospital - check the procedure before you travel.
You’ll need to bring proof of your entitlement to one of the above benefits, such as your payment book or benefit award letter. You’ll also need to bring proof of your travel costs, for example tickets or receipts.
Some voluntary organisations have drivers who can give people lifts to hospital and other destinations. Check at your local library for details of voluntary organisations in your area.
Visit nidirect.org.uk| for more information about fares to and from hospital for treatment.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2013
Next planned review: 2014
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