Medical and Referral Transportation
The Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) Referral Service provides the most efficient and cost effective movement/retention of those registered First Nations people who must be sent to a center away from their home community to acquire appropriate health services by arranging for air and/or ground transportation, accommodations, escorting, interpreting services and to report to the respective nursing stations in the communities. The service is available and provided to the KTC membership communities and other communities affiliated where eligible First Nation person(s) may reside.
There has been significant increase of First Nations living off reserve accessing services on a regular basis such as inquiries regarding eligibility of services within the Non Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, clients seeking transportation outside of Thompson for medical purposes who are not covered under the Northern Patient Transportation Program. Overall the referral unit maintains to provide optimal service and has a proven performance in that respect. Referral concerns as they may arise are addressed on an ongoing basis. Statistics are maintained on a monthly basis and retained for reporting purposes to First Nations & Inuit Health Branch (FNIH) as per the funding arrangements.
The Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) Medical Transportation Program operates with the objective to provide transportation services to those eligible to access medically required health services from the appropriate facilities in Thompson in accordance with Non Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) medical transportation directives and other First Nations and Inuit Health (FNIH) Manitoba regional guidelines. The transportation program in conjunction with the KTC Referral Unit transports those eligible to the Thompson health facilities for the purposes of fulfilling their medical needs. The data required for the Medical Transportation Service to fulfill its transportation obligation for the eligible includes the following: name, treaty number, First Nation community, name of parent/guardian/escort and other special needs of the patient. This is a twenty-four hour service with a seven-day week. It is operated in coordination with the designated health facilities and service providers to ensure a measure of quality service.
There are a total of six (6) referral clerks with three (3) casuals in the Referral Unit. There are seven (7) full-time Class 4 Licensed Drivers and three (3) licensed casual drivers and Two (2) full-time dispatchers in the KTC Medical Transportation Units and service providers to ensure a measure of quality service.