Q7.      Why is a 100 km deductible being applied?           

A.        The government recognizes that some patients must travel a significant distance

for specialist medical services and need some help in defraying the travel cost. 

The new reimbursement rate of 34.25¢/km is now based on two-way travel, with

a 100 km deductible.  While this does not cover the total cost, it will help to

ensure that people with the highest travel costs receive the greatest amount of


Q8.      Is there a minimum distance that I must travel? 

A.        Yes, the patient must travel at least 100 km one-way to be eligible for a

 travel grant.

Q9.      I have an application for a trip in September I have not yet submitted.  Can

I submit it now and get paid for the extra km?

A.        No, the new reimbursement rate will be available to northern Ontario residents

who must travel to receive medically necessary insured specialized care not

available in their local area and receive services on or after November 1, 2001.

Q10   I live in the district of Muskoka.   Do I qualify?

A.        Yes, for purposes of the NHTG, a northern resident is a person who lives in

Northern Ontario which is defined as the territorial Districts of Algoma,

Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River,

Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming.

Q11.    Where do I get information about the NHTG program?

A.        We have a Fact Sheet describing the program.  It is listed on the Ministry of

Health and Long-Term Care’s web site (www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/ohip/northern.html).

Q12.    Where do I get a copy of the NHTG application form?

A.         As before, application forms can be obtained from your referring provider, or

your local Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care O.H.I.P. office (for office

locations see the government pages of the telephone book under Health and

then OHIP).

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