NH cuts hotel costs

Lakes District patients travelling out of town for medical procedures can now receive reduced hotel rates if they require an overnight stay.

Several accommodation providers in BC and Alberta have partnered with Northern Health to offer the service in conjunction with the NH Connections program, which offers low cost bus transportation for out-of-town medical procedures.

“We know there are many people in the North who need to travel for specialized medical serves offered in larger centres,” said B.C. Minister of Health, George Abbott. “These special rates will compliment the government’s travel assistance program to help defray costs for rural residents.

The hotel rates will vary per property and time of year. Patients will have to provide proof they are travelling for a medical reason.

For a list of hotels and more information on the accommodation and transportation services visit the NH Connections web site at

The NH Connection busses have been shutdown throughout the holiday season, but will start up again Dec. 8.

Mark Karjaluoto, director of communication for Northern health, said that a shut down works well this time of the year because most specialist offices are closed.

He adds it’s important for drivers to be with their families, and for crews to perform routine maintenance.

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