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Northern Health Travel Grant FAQ
How does the travel grant program work?
For eligible applicants, travel grants are based on the distance to their closest medical specialist or ministry funded health care facility able to provide the required health care services. An applicant must travel at least 100 kilometres (km) one-way to access the closest medical specialist, or ministry funded health care facility services that are not available locally.
What costs does the NHTG program help pay?
Whether you drive or travel by commercial means, travel grants are always paid at 41 cents per kilometre (based on return road distance travel), between your area of residence and the location of the nearest medical specialist or ministry funded health care facility that can provide the required OHIP-insured service. There is a deductible of 100 kilometres on your trip.
How is the travel grant calculated?
Your travel grant is calculated based on the distance to the closest medical specialist or ministry funded health care facility. The one-way road distance is multiplied by 2, a deductible of 100 kilometres is subtracted, then the remaining distance is multiplied by 41 cents per kilometre to determine the grant amount.
Who is eligible for a travel grant?
You are eligible if all of the conditions below are met:
- you are an OHIP-insured Ontario resident on the date of treatment, and your primary place of residence is in the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, or Timiskaming
- a northern physician, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor, midwife or nurse practitioner has referred you before the travel takes place
- you are referred to a medical specialist who is certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or recognized by one of the Physician Governing bodies below:
a Winnipeg (Manitoba) physician enrolled on the Manitoba Health Specialist Register and permitted to bill as a specialist;
- a physician who holds a specialist certificate of registration issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in a recognized medical or surgical specialty other than family or general practice
- you are referred for a ministry funded health care facility-based procedure under the Health Insurance Act performed by a provider in the facility (e.g. a midwife for hospital childbirth; technician for PET scan, or chemotherapy); or you are referred for a ministry-funded health care facility-based service/procedure
- the nearest medical specialist or ministry funded health care facility able to provide the type of care or procedure you require in Ontario or Manitoba is at least 100 kilometres from your area of residence
If you do not have a northern referring provider, you may still qualify for a travel grant. Please contact the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Claims Services Branch, at (705) 675-4010, or 1 800-461-4006 for more information.
Can I see any specialist I choose?
You may visit any medical specialist who meets the above definition, hospital or ministry funded health care facility in Ontario or Winnipeg (Manitoba). However, the travel grant is based on the distance to the closest specialist or ministry funded health care facility able to provide the required health care services.
How much time do I have to submit my application?
All applications must be received by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Claims Services Branch, Northern Health Travel Grant Program, Sudbury office, within twelve (12) months from the date of treatment.
How long will it take for my travel grant to be paid?
If your application is approved, the ministry will mail you a cheque within six (6) weeks from the date it receives your correctly completed application form. Please allow six weeks before checking on the status of your application.
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