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The FNIHB Thunder Bay Zone Office is requiring at least a 1 to 2 week notice to process applications. Community members are reminded that the front office processes 70-80 requests for travel to medical appointments per month. Please get your request for travel as soon as you are aware of your appointments. If you received an appointment card or letter from the doctor’s office please bring it in, it would speed the application process up a bit. FNIHB asks that I contact the doctor’s office to confirm over the phone appointments. When you do contact the Health Centre, please have the following information:
1. Your full name
2. Your date of birth
3. Your complete address and telephone and fax number (if available)
4. Your 10 digit status registration number
5. The date and time of your appointment
6. The doctor’s name and their specialty
7. And the name off the referring doctor
(For out of town dentist appointment you must have a letter from the Marathon Dentist or Doctor stating you must travel out of town for this procedure)
The above information will be provided to the Thunder Bay Zone Office, who will provide a Prior Approval Number for the needed benefits.
Medical Escort Letters
Medical escorts, either a physician or registered nurse, may be approved in cases which involve a client with a health condition where monitoring and/or stabilization are required during travel.
(8.1) Medical transportation benefits, within the client's region/territory of residence, may be provided for clients to travel to see a traditional healer or, where economical, for a traditional healer to travel to the community.
(8.5) The NIHB Program does not pay for any associated honoraria, ceremonial expenses or medicines. These costs remain the sole responsibility of the client.
If wanting to apply for a meal reimbursement please bring in your hotel invoice and confirmation letter when you return from your appointment. This will speed up the process instead of me having to request the hotel to fax it to me.
There is an extremely high volume of reimbursements being received by Thunder Bay Zone Office and due to the change over in system that was implemented April 1, 2007 community members can expect to wait 4 – 6 months for their reimbursements, please understand these delays are happening at the Thunder Bay office and not due to delays in processing by our staff.
Northern Travel Grant Program
Community member are to be aware that you are not to claim mileage through the non-insured health program if deciding to use a Northern Travel Grant. And a Northern Travel Grant can’t be used when a bus ticket has been purchased through the non- insured health program.