The province says recently announced changes will allow more low-income seniors from remote communities to get help with medical care.
These include reducing the minimum round-trip travel distance to qualify for help to 80 kilometres from 100 and increasing support for hotel stays to $100 from $75.
Seniors Minister Lori Sigurdson says $550,000 is being added to this program.
“To support seniors to be able to travel to larger centres, sometimes a big city, when they have to see a medical specialist, maybe someone that’s not available in their home town. You may have your general practitioner in Beaverlodge or Hythe or whatever, but you might need to see a specialist in Grande Prairie or, indeed, you might have to actually go all the way into Edmonton. We just wanted to make sure seniors had support to be able to do that.”
Sigurdson adds the government wanted to make things more accessible for seniors.
“For example, close to Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge previously did not qualify, but now does.”
Other changes include more funding for seniors who travel more than 400 kilometres and help with medical transport costs when moving from a long-term care facility to another type of facility.
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