Travel Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a corporate partnership between the Ministry of Health Services and private transportation carriers. The program is coordinated by the Ministry of Health Services and the transportation partners agree to waive or discount their regular fees.  TAP does not provide direct financial assistance to patients for travel costs. Meals, accommodation, fuel and local transportation expenses are not included in TAP. Patients must be able to use the phone to obtain a confirmation number prior to travel. 

To be eligible:

  • 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).

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