Medical travel policies lack compassion and need review, says Gwich’in grand chief – CBC

May 17, 2022

‘It is common for us to hear of residents who require a medical travel escort and do not receive one’

Some northern Indigenous leaders are calling for changes to Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program particularly when it comes patients who need to travel for care and require a medical escort.

Ken Kyikavichik, grand chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council in the N.W.T., told a Parliamentary committee on Friday that the current system “lacks compassion” for rural Indigenous patients who have unique needs.

The standing committee for Indigenous and Northern Affairs has been scrutinizing the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, which covers some medicare costs — like dental, vision and out-of-territory medical travel — for those who can prove their status and who don’t already get health-care coverage through their place of work.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/medical-travel-nihb-escorts-kyikavichik-1.6455800

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