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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Yukon’s medical travel assistance is still nowhere near enough, critics say

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘You’re coerced to look at, OK, is the care I’m going for more essential than being able to pay my rent?.’
  • Right now, individuals who have to travel out of the region for medical care can get a day-to-day allowance of $155 per day. 
  • That’s not near enough to cover the expense of staying somewhere, critics state. 

The Yukon government is being recommended to check its medical travel assistance, which analysts say doesn’t cover the expenses of traveling for care.

“Every other month, I’m out a substantial amount of cash for, you know, for missing work and from having costs that I cannot afford,” stated Amy Labonski. She gets her son to a cystic fibrosis hospital in Vancouver for care approximately six times per year.

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The Yukon government is being recommended to check its medical travel assistance, which analysts say doesn’t cover the expenses of traveling for care

“Then you’re coerced to look at, OK, is the care I’m going for more essential than being able to pay my rent? Or more important than being able to purchase groceries?” 

Labonski and her son are usually away from home for three days at a time — a day to travel south, a day for the appointment, and then a day to come home.

Authorized escorts get $78 per day. 

Source – CBC News

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