To qualify for medical transportation benefits under the NIHB Health Benefits program, you must meet the eligibility requirements:
- A registered ‘Indian’ according to the Indian Act or an infant (up to one-year old) of an eligible parent, and
- Not funded or insured under any other benefit system or benefit plans.
In order to receive medical transportation benefits, the following documents are required:
- A referral from a specialist or family doctor
- Confirmation of appointment from the health care provider or facility
- Confirmation of attendance at your appointment from your health care provider or facility
What are Medical Transportation Benefits?
See Medical Transportation Framework.
The NIHB Benefits program provides medical transportation to help you access medical services with the nearest appropriate health care professional or attend at the nearest appropriate health care facility. The most economical and efficient means of transportation is used, while also considering the urgency of your situation and your medical condition.
Medical Transportation Responsibilities for First Nations
If you are using medical transportation benefits provided by the NIHB program, review the check-list:
- Ensure that you have prior approval for all non-emergency trips. The only exception is a medical emergency.
- Obtain the necessary paperwork for your trip before leaving the community (Documents sent to community or to nursing station).
- Attend your medical appointment as scheduled.
- Get a signed/stamped Confirmation of Attendance from your doctor or nurse confirming that you have attended your medical appointment.
- The signed Confirmation of Attendance or Accommodation/Discharge Slip must be returned to the Transportation Clerk after the medical appointment.
Give notification when cancelling an appointment. Be sure to provide 24 hours’ notice to cancel all arrangements. Call your NIHB clerk or health care facility.
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