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Bulletin Number
        7074
Date
        November 1, 2001
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       Podiatrists
Subject      Northern Health Travel Grant Program

The 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.

On 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 specialist services.

Three changes will be effective November 1, 2001:

  • Travel 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.

  • The 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 the service.

  • A deductible of 100 kilometres on the trip will be applied.

 The enhanced NHTG will help ensure northerners can access the quality health care they deserve.

 Please 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.

 Also 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.

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