N.L. government increases medical transportation assistance

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Improvements to the Medical Transportation Assistance Program, announced in the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador budget, will come into effect Tuesday, July 1.

The private vehicle travel and registered accommodations portions of the Medical Transportation Assistance Program will be enhanced to provide greater assistance to residents and families travelling for specialized insured medical services.

 A news release today from the Department of Health and Community Services says the following changes will be applied to eligible medical travel:

• Compensation for private vehicle travel will increase from 16 cents to 20 cents per kilometre for specialized medical travel in excess of 1,500 kilometres during a 12-month period. Previously, residents could only claim for private vehicle travel in excess of 2,500 kilometres per year;

• The maximum amount eligible for cost-sharing for purchased registered accommodations will increase from $1,500 to $3,000 in a 31-day period;

• Previously, claimable expenses in excess of $5,000 during a 12-month period were cost-shared at 65 per cent. As of July 1, this will be amended so that claimable expenses in excess of $3,000 during a 12-month period will be cost-shared at 75 per cent.

 Health Minister Paul Davis says the Medical Transportation Assistance Program is one of the most comprehensive programs in Canada in terms of coverage and scope. “The program is available to eligible residents and provides assistance to patients who travel for specialized medical services in and out of the province.”

The minister said the province allocated $711,500 in this year’s budget to enhance the program and provide greater reimbursement options for people who need to travel for eligible medical appointments.

Organizations: Department of Health and Community

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Michael
    July 02, 2014 - 00:21

    While yes this good news, a step in the right direction, however I still think the federal government should be doing more to help the Province meaning that there should be things done to attract more doctors from various specialties to cover more medical situations and get those doctors to stay in the area. Next more needs to be done to have more hospitals and areas that already do have hospitals more should be done to have all the latest updated medical equipment so that nobody will have to travel for medical services at all. That may sound expensive but if you look at the big picture in the long run it will save money. I also don't think it's right that depending on the situation that people are forced to travel because they can't get the full proper medical attention where they live. For example let's say a person lives in Labrador City and something serious comes up in a medical problem that person shouldn't have to travel to another city or out of the Province they should be able to get the full medical attention they need right there on the spot where they live. Taxes are certainly high enough everywhere to support this. Government should try to figure out what areas are tax dollars being wasted so that can correct the problem and apply those tax dollar for important things such as healthcare, roads, bridges, more assistance for the poor, and our military.

  • hslaw
    July 01, 2014 - 11:43

    yep With physical disabled people Living where there is no subsidised transportation (cbs) there has to be a minimum of 10 trips in one calendar month qualify for compensation but in the city its grab go bus for 2.50 Why was this not mentioned