Northern Health Travel Grant (NHTG) Program helps to defray some
of the travel costs for residents of Northern Ontario who must
travel long distances to receive medically necessary physician
specialist services unavailable in their local community.
October 11, 2001, the ministry announced major enhancements to the
NHTG program. The
enhancements will be in effect on November 1, 2001, and will
significantly increase reimbursements to northern residents for
travel expenses incurred in order to access necessary medical
changes will be effective November 1, 2001:
grants to the nearest medical specialist or designated health
facility that is capable of providing the service will be
based on the two-way road distance.
amount of the grant will be based on payment of 34.25 cents
per kilometre based on the two-way road distance between the
area where the insured person lives and the location of the
nearest medical specialist or health facility that can provide
deductible of 100 kilometres on the trip will be applied.
enhanced NHTG will help ensure northerners can access the quality
health care they deserve.
note that to be eligible for a grant, the actual one-way distance
between the area in which the insured person lives in Northern
Ontario and the area where the nearest specialist/facility that
can provide the service is located in Ontario or Manitoba must be
at least 100 kilometre.
note that the completion of all letters, documents and records
pertaining to the Northern Health Travel Grant is considered to be
a common element of the insured services, and is not billable to
the patient. Please
refer to the General Preamble in the Schedule of Benefits for
Physician Services, Section B-1, Common Elements, #8, on Page iv.