Non-Insured Health Benefits

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program provides travel benefits to status Indians when it is deemed medically necessary by a physician that a patient must travel outside their community to access medical care.

Patient rights and responsibilities (PDF) explains the rights and responsibilities of anyone from the Weeneebayko region using the NIHB program for medical travel.

Travel arrangements

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

Registering newborn babies

To avoid delays in receiving NIHB benefits, newborn babies need to be registered with the band before their first birthday.

For more information, or if you have a question, travel or accommodation concern:

Call: 1-855-336-2947 or  705-336-2947 ext. 28 (service in Cree is available)

To learn more about Indian status and the Indian Register visit Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.