All patients are eligible for the Travel Assistant Program (TAP).
TAP helps alleviate some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. TAP is a corporate partnership between the BC Ministry of Health and private transportation carriers. The Ministry of Health Services coordinates the program and the transportation partners agree to waive or discount their regular fees. TAP does not provide direct financial assistance to patients for travel costs.
To apply for TAP and to view a list of transportation partners, see your BMT social worker or click here to visit the TAP web site.
Please note that if you use BC Ferries, you and a caregiver travel for free under the TAP Program. You can also get a Medically Assured Loading Letter from your BMT social worker. This letter guarantees you get on the ferry without a reservation, as long as you arrive at the loading dock a minimum of 30 minutes prior to sailing.
The Canadian Cancer Society provides assistance towards cancer-related transportation, accommodation and medication expenses for up to one year (which can be extended). Assistance is granted based on financial need and is means tested. If you live outside of the Greater Vancouver area, you can get assistance with accommodation and travel expenses.
All BC residents with a cancer diagnosis may also be eligible for the BC Cancer Agency and Canadian Cancer Society Emergency Aid Drug Program (EADP). This drug program only covers drugs directly related to the treatment of cancer.
Applicants are interviewed for eligibility by an authorized volunteer who conducts a confidential needs assessment.
To apply, call 1-888-939-3333. Or click here to visit the Canadian Cancer Society web site. You can also speak to the BMT social workers for more information.
The Emergency Aid Programs are made possible through the generosity of donors and partnership with the BC Cancer Agency.
Auto Loans; Personal Loans; Personal Lines of Credit
You may be eligible for illness/disability provision if your loan or line of credit is insured for illness/disability. Review this option with your loans officer or bank manager.
CAUTION: If you choose the illness/disability provision, it is unlikely you can continue to access any funds under the line of credit for the duration.
You may be eligible for illness/disability provision (usually monthly minimum payment made for duration) if your credit card is insured for illness/disability. Review this option with your credit card company.
CAUTION: If you choose the illness/disability provision, it is unlikely you can continue to use the credit card for the duration.
You may be eligible for disability provision if your mortgage is insured for illness/disability. Review this option with your mortgage officer.