Non-Insured Health Benefits
The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program provides travel benefits to status Indians when it is deemed medically necessary for patients to access medical care provided outside of their community.
Patient rights and responsibilities (PDF) explains the rights and responsibilities of anyone from the Weeneebayko region using the NIHB program for medical travel.
The following information is required for travel requests to be approved:
- Referral and proper medical documentation from a physician
- 10 digit band number
- The client’s name must be the same name registered with the band (including children)
- All travel must be medically necessary and related to the condition of the client, especially for escorts (family member or caregiver) to travel under the program
Infants need to be registered with a band before their first birthday to avoid delays in receiving NIHB benefits.
1-855-336-2947 or 705-336-2947 (service in Cree is available)
To learn more about Indian status and the Indian Registry visit Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.