In some cases, patients and their families may need to use alternative transportation in order to receive healthcare services. There are a number of non-profit providers who offer a variety of service options to patients. Each of these providers have their own policies in place for determining eligibility, as well as the types of patients they are able to offer service to. The links provided below are for information purposes only. Please contact each individual provider for more details on their services.
BC Ministry of Health
The Travel Assistance Program (TAP BC) offers travel discounts to eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community, and whose travel expenses are not covered by third-party insurance or other government programs.
The Shrine Care Cruiser program (1-800-661-KIDS), offers free transportation to any BC child and their parents, or care givers, who are receiving treatment at any Shriners Hospitals for Children, BC Childrens Hospital, BC Women's Hospital and Sunny Hill Hospital. Any other travel requests must be pre-approved by the Shriners of BC & Yukon Board of Directors.
Hope Air (1-877-346-4673) is a not-for-profit charitable organization which provides free air transportation for financially burdened Canadians who need to travel to and from medical appointments. Hope Air is not an air ambulance. Rather, it provides donated flights on both commercial airlines and on private planes. For additional details contact Hope Air at 1-877-346-4673 or at www.hopeair.org