Thursday, September 28, 2023

Health Minister Adrian Dix releases details toward plans for additional Cancer Travel funding in British Columbia

Health Minister Adrian Dix, has filled in many of the details towards an announcement on additional funding for those who have travel requirements related to cancer care.

The funding initiative was first noted by North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice last week, who provided for the thumbnail sketch of the program with the Health Minister to add to the details in the days ahead.

Yesterday was that day, as Mr. Dix expanded on the province's 20 million dollar commitment.

“When people who are diagnosed with cancer must travel to receive treatment, they deserve support every step of the way. That’s why government is partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society and Hope Air to expand their existing programs in B.C. that aim to support all facets of cancer patient travel.

By providing grant funding to these two incredible charitable organizations, we are helping patients focus on receiving their cancer treatment at one of the six BC Cancer Centres or 41 community oncology network sites so they can get well as soon as possible.” -- BC Health Minister Adrian Dix

How that 20 million has been divided is as follows:

The Canadian Cancer Society and Hope Air have each received $10 million to expand their travel programs and support cancer patients

Both organizations will have an Oct. 3, 2023, launch date.

The full funding announcement from Minister Dix is available for review here.

Ms. Rice also made note of the launch of the program from Victoria providing for some information other own through her social media stream on Wednesday.

More notes on Health care in the Northwest can be explored here.

A wider overview of items of interest from the Legislature is available here.

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