Travel Assistance Program

Eligible Medical Specialist Services Include:

  • Non-emergency medical specialist services available at the closest location outside the patient's community; and
  • Diagnostic procedures, laboratory procedures, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine procedures, BC Cancer Agency, Transplant Units, HIV/AIDS treatment at St. Paul's Hospital, specialty clinics at BC Children's Hospital and other tertiary care hospital services.

To be eligible for TAP as a patient:

  • you must be a B.C. resident and be enrolled in the Medical Services Plan (MSP);
  • you must have a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner for MSP insured specialist medical services which are not available locally;
  • your travel expenses must not be covered by third party insurance, such as an employer plan, extended medical plan, Insurance Corporation of BC, WorkSafeBC or federal government program (e.g. Veterans' Affairs).

Address / Contact Info

Ministry of Health

Phone Numbers

Provincewide Toll-Free : 1-800-663-7100

Service Details

Referral protocol: physician
Languages spoken: English

Web Links

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This program was last updated on 27 Jul 2020.