Health & Medical Travel Assistance

Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) Health Hub Department

Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) has hosted a health hub department since 2008.

The health hub is one of eight hubs set up to provide community health services to First Nations across BC. T8TA is proud to support services that aim to enhance healthy lifestyles and positive outcomes.

The T8TA health department ensures all northern communities are well informed by offering up-to-date health information and providing health education services. The community engagement coordinator acts as a go-between for regional health hub offices.

Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA)The department keeps member nations informed on current health issues in the northern areas, provides relevant information, advises on resources available in each area, and provides ongoing educational opportunities. The department also plays a vital role in helping communities form positive relationships to enhance outcomes for First Nations living in NEBC.

Another service provided by the T8TA health hub is helping northern First Nations clients with applications for the financial assistance required to access health care. On occasion, clients must travel to areas with specialized medical health services that are not available locally.

Gladys Lawrence, T8TA’s medical transportation clerk, is responsible for processing these applications for assistance with transportation, accommodation, mileage and meal benefits.

Please see the links at the bottom of this page for FNHA Health Benefits Information Package and for the Non-Insured Health Benefits – Medical Transportation Policy Framework.

This service is for registered off-reserve First Nations clients living in northeastern BC (including Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Kelly Lake, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Taylor, Fort Nelson, and all points in between).

Provincial Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance clients residing off reserve are covered through the Ministry’s Medical Transportation Program.  Please phone: 1-866-866-0800

Some First Nations provide Medical Transportation Assistance to their member living on/off reserve anywhere in BC/Canada.

First Nations clients living on-reserve can access the same benefits by contacting the patient travel clerk at their respective band office. Each of the six bands has its own medical transportation to bring patients to the local hospital for specialized appointments, treatments or surgeries.

Please keep in mind, we can only assist with medical transportation benefits for OFF Reserve members living in Northeast BC. For other Non-insured health care benefits, First Nations members can contact the First Nation’s Health Authority Benefits Regional office in Vancouver at 1-800-317-7878.

Please click on the link below for benefit entitlements – updated October 2019

Medical Transportation Policy Framework – Jul 2015

Contact Gladys Lawrence

Phone: (250) 785-0612, ext. 228