Accessing National Travel Assistance funding for accommodation during cancer treatment

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What is the National Travel Assistance (NTA) Scheme?

The National Travel Assistance (NTA) Scheme provides financial support to eligible people who need to travel long distances or travel frequently for specialist treatment. It is government-funded and run by the Ministry of Health. You can find out more about what the scheme covers here:
http://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/claims-provider-payments-and-entitlements/national-travel-assistance

Am I eligible for accommodation funding through the NTA Scheme?

To access NTA funding for accommodation assistance, you must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

Who can stay at Cancer Society’s Domain Lodge?

All New Zealand cancer patients who need to travel to Auckland for treatment are eligible to stay at Domain Lodge during their treatment, irrespective of the type of cancer treatment they are receiving, subject to availability. Patients are prioritised for accommodation based on their needs and geographic origin. Priority is given based on geographic origin as follows: 

  1. Northland (Warkworth to Cape Reinga)
  2. The rest of New Zealand outside Auckland
  3. Patients from the Rodney and Franklin areas may also stay at Domain Lodge, but must be referred by a Cancer Society Liaison Nurse.

For information about staying at Domain Lodge during your treatment, please contact:

How much will it cost to stay at Cancer Society’s Domain Lodge during my treatment?

It depends on whether you are eligible for accommodation funding through NTA.

What if I am receiving private treatment?

You can still access NTA funding for accommodation assistance, but not for travel assistance. The above eligibility requirements still apply for accommodation assistance, but you must use any health insurance coverage you have for accommodation first before receiving NTA funding.

Your eligibility for NTA funding and the application process will depend on who your private treatment provider is.

For Auckland Radiation Oncology/Mercy Hospital patients:

Once you have used any health insurance coverage you have for accommodation, then Cancer Society can apply for NTA funding on your behalf from the date that your insurance coverage finishes to the end of your treatment.

For Canopy Cancer Care patients:  

Once you have used any health insurance coverage you have, accommodation is free for you (the patient) and $25 per night for one support person. This is subsidised by Cancer Society Auckland Northland.