Medical Travel is a service provided by the Government of the Northwest Territories to eligible persons in the NWT who must travel in order to access necessary and appropriate insured health services. To be eligible for this benefit, travel must originate in the NWT and service must not be available within the resident’s home community. Furthermore, the medical referral from the resident’s home community must be to the nearest insured centre that offers the required treatment.
How do I access Medical Travel?
NWT residents may access medical travel through many different benefit programs. Some are accessed through GNWT programs, while others are accessed through employers and private insurance. Regardless of what type of benefit program patients access, all medical travel originates from clinical decisions within the NWT health system.
Medical Travel will make all arrangements for travel once the medical referral is received and travel is approved. Clients may choose to make their own arrangements and claim their expenses after the fact.
Clients who choose to submit a claim must contact Medical Travel for guidance. The staff at Medical Travel will provide the proper claim forms and verify the current daily rates for meals, accommodations and transportation to and from appointments.
Medical Travel Guide
This guide provides tips and information that can be used by all NWT residents for their medical travel, regardless of their benefits program.
Download a PDF version of the guide, or pick one up at your local health centre or Government Service Officer.
Patient Information Inserts
The following inserts are provided as supplemental information to the medical travel guide to assist patients in better understanding how medical travel works and what they are eligible for.
Contact Medical Travel
Please visit our contact page to contact your local Medical Travel office.