Medical treatment travel
The Yukon has a travel for medical treatment program, which is available to help eligible persons with the cost of medically necessary transportation.
- This refers to a medical emergency and to those non-emergency services, which are not available in the home community but are necessary for the well being of the patient.
- A transportation request must be approved by a medical practitioner and approved by the Medical Travel program in advance.
- All Yukon residents registered with the Yukon Health Care Insurance Program and who meet the program requirements are eligible for this program.
- The program covers the cost of transportation from the home community to the nearest centre where services may be provided.
- If you are in an accident or become ill while traveling outside Yukon and need air or ground ambulance services, please note that your Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan does not provide coverage for these services, or for the cost of any related services such as hospital transfer, escorts, and return transportation charges.
- Travel must originate in Yukon in order to be eligible for medical travel benefits.
Yukon residents registered with the Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan (YHCIP) and who meet the program requirements are eligible for medical travel benefits.
- Psychiatric patients are covered under the Mental Health Act.
- Employees injured or taken ill in the course of their employment are covered by Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety.
- Status indians, members of the Armed Forces, the RCMP and federal government employees, their spouses or dependants, are covered under other Federal or Yukon Acts.
Your “Application for Medical Travel” must be certified by a practitioner licensed in the Yukon and forwarded to the Medical Travel Program for approval. Practitioners include Yukon physicians and nurse practitioners in communities with no resident physician.
Travel to out-of-territory centres requires the prior approval of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in addition to the Yukon medical practitioner's certification.
Transportation costs for escorts are paid when the authorized practitioner requests an escort and provides justification.
- the physical dependence of the patient upon others;
- the mental capacity of the patient;
- the age of the patient
(all children under 19 years of age will be escorted and the health of the patient. In the case of a terminally or critically ill child, travel costs for both parents may be covered under the program's compassionate clause)
The program covers in-territory travel for the following services:
- assessment and treatment by Hearing Services in Whitehorse;
- assessment and treatment by Mental Health Services in Whitehorse' assessment and treatment by the Child Development Services in Whitehorse;
- and assessment and treatment by the Therapy Services Unit in the Thomson Centre in Whitehorse.
The program also provides a subsidy if a patient is not admitted to a facility but requires out-patient services.
- Patients may be eligible to receive $75 per day reimbursement after the second day of receiving out-patient services, to a maximum of 90 days.
- All subsidy claims in excess of 90 days must be reviewed and approved by the Director of Insured Services.
- Subsidy can be provided for up to 364 days with the director's advance approval.
Guide for the Yukon medical traveller
This guide has information on the Medical travel program, information for before you go, while you're on your journey and when you're at the hospital. It also has information for First Nations. There are sections in this guide for Yukon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and National which lists travel, accommodations, hospitals and health centres, medical support and First Nations information.
You can view the complete document or view the Yukon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and National sections below.
Medical treatment travel
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5203
Medical treatment travel (H-2)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: 4th Floor, Financial Plaza | 204 Lambert St. | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]