You are expected to arrange a ride when you are discharged from the hospital. If you do not have someone who is able to drive you, you have some options available:
- If you qualify for the First Nations Health Authority’s Health Benefits Program,you may be able to access Medical Transportation Benefits.
- If you are on provincial disability assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to discuss funding for travel.Your GP or NP can write you a letter of support to access these funds
- Speak with a member of your surgical team or a hospital social worker to see if they can help you organize your hospital discharge transportation.
- Health Authorities may contract local patient transfer services. There is usually a fee (about $50-$100) for this service. This fee is waived for people on Income Assistance or MSP Premium Assistance. You can check the Transportation Information for the Health Authority where you will be having your surgery:
- If you have private insurance, you can call your insurer to see if your plan covers the cost of this service