Medical travel support program with Maritime Bus now operating
New financial support for eligible Islanders
Posted: Friday 22nd August 2014 09:06
Support is now available to help with some of the financial stress associated with travelling off Island for medical appointments, thanks to the launch of a new partnership between Government of Prince Edward Island and Maritime Bus in June 2014.
The Out-of-Province Travel Support Program provides assistance to eligible Island residents for travel on Maritime Bus to and from Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John, for approved health care services.
Eligible Islanders with a household income of up to $35,000 will have the cost of the bus ticket fully covered through the program.Those with a household income of between $35,001 and $50,000 will receive a 50% discount on the cost of their ticket. Assistance will also be provided to either a parent or guardian of a child less than 18 years of age, or a companion deemed medically necessary for the safety of the patient. In addition, Maritime Bus will offer a 25% fare discount for a family member or a friend to travel with the patient, and has secured special rates at certain accommodations for those Islanders who are required to stay overnight for treatment.