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REPORTING · 7th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
Shawn O’Driscoll asked the second question. He wanted to know what they would do to assist patients pay for trips to Vancouver when referred there.

Randy Halyk said there was already a bus system down there which is inexpensive. However, riding it while sick is uncomfortable. He said this is a concern he brought to Northern Health a while ago. He expressed NHA should be covering it. NHA refers them to Health Minister and the Health Minister refers them back to NHA. He suggested supporting getting people down to Vancouver to be treated.

Joanne Monaghan said they could get together with the communities in the Northwest to do a joint lobby of NHA. She said there were disadvantages to living in the North, such as having to pay to access health care. She also felt this should be done through KHAG.

Jim Thom said this was an item which required lobbying. He said we belong to the regional health board. Working through it will provide a stronger message. He pointed out the best way to travel to Vancouver was in an ambulance, but then, your stuck their in your pyjamas with no way back.