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You may be eligible for a Northern Health Travel Grant to help pay transportation costs if you live in northern Ontario and must travel long distances for specialty medical care.
For more information on the Northern Health Travel Grant program, call 1 800 461-4006 (for service in English or 1 800 461-1149 (for service in French).
NORTH HEALTH TRAVEL GRANT
Northern Health Travel Grants(NHTG) are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The grants help pay some of the travel related costs for Northern Ontario residents who must travel at least 100 kilometres one-way to access medical specialist or designated health care facility services that are not locally available. In addition, the NHTG Program provides an accommodation allowance of $100 per eligible trip to patients whose one-way road distance to the closest specialist or designated health care facility (e.g. hospital for MRI) able to provide the required services is at least 200 kilometres.
You may visit any medical specialist who meets the above definition, hospital or designated health care facility in Ontario or Manitoba, however, the ministry travel grant is based on the distance to the closest specialist or health care facility able to provide the required health care services.
The NHTG Program provides an accommodation allowance of $100 for each eligible treatment trip.
Effective December 1, 2012, for medical services rendered on, or after December 1, 2012, the patient must submit an accommodation receipt to prove he/she incurred an accommodation expense.
See Q & A for accommodations.
Travel grants help pay some of the travel related costs, but do not cover all expenses, such as meals.
Does this grant cover all my travel costs?
No. The grant helps you pay for some travel related costs, including travel, and accommodation but does not cover all expenses, such as meals.
The following shows how much of your costs the grant might cover:
The grant is the two-way distance minus 100km multiplied by 41 cents per km
Who is not eligible for a travel grant?
You do not qualify for a travel grant if:
The care is related to a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claim.
Medical services and/or travel costs are paid by your employer.
Another government program or organization pays for your travel e.g.: First Nations Band/Federal Government etc.
The health care service is not an OHIP insured benefit.
the health care services have to do with a private insurance company – for example there is third party liability for medical travel costs, such as medical
services related to a motor vehicle accident.
The nearest specialist/designated health care facility is within 100 kilometres of your area of residence.
If I travel by car with a friend, do we each get a grant?
No, only one grant is payable if several family members or friends, who are also traveling for medical appointments together in the same car. However,if each
of you meets program eligibility and the one-way travel to the nearest specialist/designated health care facility able to provide needed care is200 km or
more, you may each qualify for the $100.00 accommodation allowance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am – 5:00pm