Travel for Medical Appointments – Province’s Restart Plan

6/9/2021

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Health Benefits reminds clients of travel claims policies for medical appointments in light of the provincial government's restart plan to safely lift COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

At this time, the government plan includes:

  • The lifting of restrictions on travel within BC as of June 15
  • An increase in BC Ferries and BC Transit services from June 15, as needed
  • Continued mask requirements in public indoor settings until at least July 1  
  • The return of indoor dining as of May 25

Clients needing to travel between health regions for medical reasons do not have to wait until June 15 to attend appointments.

For information on medical transportation benefits and how to make a claim, visit the Health Benefits medical transportation information page.

Meal and Accommodation Supports for Self-Isolation

The FNHA continues to provide the following supports for status First Nations people who are advised to self-isolate by a healthcare provider:

  • Alternative accommodation for people who cannot self-isolate at home, including meals and travel, until July 31, 2021
  • Meal s​upport for individuals required to self-isolate between January 12 and July 31, 2021

At any time, if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or are losing consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local ambulance service.

Call 1-888-305-1505 if you have been advised to self-isolate and need support to cover meals and accommodation expenses. Service hours are Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit www.fnha.ca for more COVID-19 resources for communities and individuals.​

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