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If you have a rare cancer, or have a type of cancer that simply doesn’t have the standard treatment available in your home province, you are able to apply to your province or federal health benefits plan for travel assistance. The treatment must not be available in your home province or territory. This is not the same as travelling to access a new treatment or a clinical trial. You can find the information in your federal health benefit plan website, or the website for your provincial health card. In some cases, the cancer centre in your area or your physician will have this information. It is important to note that travel for standard treatment not available at home must be pre-approved.
When you travel for treatment to areas outside of Canada, it is important to remember that your universal health coverage does not apply. You take the risk when travelling out of country for any emergencies that arise and any health-related costs for diagnosis or treatment. You are also responsible for your travel there and back and any accommodations. Often, your personal health insurance will not cover these costs either. The only exception for travel assistance in these cases are provincial programs that may assist with rare cancer cases mentioned above. It is important to consider ALL the costs you might face if choosing to travel for another treatment outside of Canada (hotel, prescriptions, tests, meals, transportation to/from hospital, etc).