The Government of the Northwest Territories will provide medical travel benefits 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.
The medical travel benefit extends only to individuals who do not have similar coverage through an employer or some other program. The benefit provides for return airfare, inter-facility ambulance services on emergency medical evacuations, and limited support for meals, accommodation and ground transportation.
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 can be contacted at:
Fort Providence (via Yellowknife)
Sahtu Region (via Yellowknife)
Phone (7:00 AM to 11:00 PM): 867-669-4115
After Hours: 867-669-4115
Fax (24 Hours): 867-920-2172
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.