Please note, the following does not apply to First Nations residents with treaty status. Treaty individuals should check with their local band transportation clerk for medical transportation procedures.
For clients eligible for Supplementary Health Program Benefits
Medical transportation costs are paid for those individuals eligible for Supplementary Health Program benefits through Social Services. This enables those eligible to access the following types of medically required health services not available in their home community: referred appointments with physicians, specialists, dentists and opticians for diagnostic tests; medical treatments; hospital admissions; day surgery; and treatment for substance abuse and problem gambling.
In La Ronge, Pinehouse and Creighton, the transportation coordinators are employed by the health region and located at the local health centres.
In other communities in the region, coordinators are employed by the local First Nations and work in cooperation with a Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region transportation coordinator.
For emergency trips
Through the Northern Medivac Program, Saskatchewan Health will pay for medical emergency trips out of the North for Saskatchewan residents. They must be approved by a doctor or nurse and might be arranged by air, road ambulance or taxi. However, individuals are responsible for the return trip even if medical personnel order an ambulance to bring them home.
Where individuals are covered by special programs such as the Seniors Cap Program (SCAAP), Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), Workers' Compensation Board (WCB), Veterans Affairs (DVA), RCMP or any private insurance coverage, compensation will be provided by the respective plans.