First Nations Health Benefits/Patient Travel


Providing travel or transportation benefits for eligible First Nations clients to access medically required health services that are not available on reserve or in their community of residence.

About the Program

First Nation Health Benefits (FNHB) Medical Transportation Program to provide community members with patient travel benefits to access required medical services enhances their ability to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

The program assists BC First Nation clients, by supplying supplementary funds for travel to medically required health services that cannot be obtained on the reserve or in the community of residence.

To access FNHB benefits, clients must:

  • Have Indian Status
  • Be a resident of BC with a valid Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • For infants: They must be up to 24 months of age, and their parents should posses Indian Status


Who We Serve

>   We serve First Nations members registered as Status Indians. Our services are provided to support patient travel for individuals at any stage in the life cycle on an as needed basis, within the eligibility criteria outlined by Aboriginal Affairs and Development Canada.

>   We provide patient travel benefits to: Saik’uz First Nation; Burns Lake Band; Cheslatta Carrier Nation; Wet’suwet’en First Nation; Skin Tyee Nation; Nee Tahi First Nation; Stellat’en First Nation; Nadleh Whut’en First Nation; Yekooche First Nation and Takla First Nation.

Members of bands not covered by CSFS (including Lake Babine Nation) can call us for medical transportation benefits.

>   When patient travel funding is required for children and youth under the age of 19, funding support is provided to legal guardians and care givers. Staff members work hard to make the program’s healthcare services more accessible to our community members. Information about the policies that guide our work can be found in the Medical Transportation Policy Framework.


Eligibility Conditions

Medical transportation benefits are available under the following conditions. Travel is to access medically necessary health service(s), including:

  • Medical services insured through the BC Medical Services Plan
  • Publicly-funded diagnostic tests and preventative screening programs
  • Traditional Healers
  • Travel to a treatment centre for substance use (formerly NNADAP) or referred facilities
  • Services that are not available in community members place of residence; services to the closest health care provider/facility
  • Coverage which is not available through other publicly funded health or social programs, such as ICBC or WorkSafe BC,  private insurance

Travel that does not meet the above eligibility will not be covered by the Medical Transportation Program.


Contact Us

Prince George Office

987 4th Ave
Prince George, BC
V2L 3H7

Telephone: 250-251-6764
Toll free: 1-800-889-6855
Fax: 250-614-9142
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