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Province expanding Northern Health Travel Grant Program

The Northern Ontario Health Travel Grant Program is being expanded.
Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced 45-million dollars is being invested over three years to help northern residents connect to the specialized care and services they need.
“Our government knows that for too long, patients in Northern Ontario have faced unique challenges when accessing health care and that is why our government is taking action to expand access to care, in every corner of the province,” says Jones.
Enhancements starting this fall include removing the 100-kilometre deductible, introducing an online application form, eliminating the need for a referring health care provider’s signature and more.
New changes are also increasing reimbursements for overnight trips, including $175 per night for accommodation.
That’s up from $100.
The province is also reducing the travel distance requirement to be eligible for the overnight accommodation allowance from 200 kilometres to 100 kilometres.
The Northern Health Travel Grant Program reimburses Northern Ontario residents for OHIP-insured medical-related costs they need to travel for.
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