Transplant Surgery - Travel and Accommodation Cost Assistance

If your specialist refers you for transplant surgery that is not available in the Maritimes, you may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance. You must have a valid PEI Health Card and prior approval for out-of-province medical services from Health PEI.

Do I qualify for assistance?

You may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if you are scheduled for one of the following transplants outside of the Maritime provinces:

  • heart
  • heart-lung
  • single or double lung
  • liver, or 
  • pancreas (non-βcell) 

You must arrange to live within eight hours of the hospital where your transplant surgery will take place and be available when a suitable organ is found. 

Your transplant surgery must be deemed non-experimental by the PEI Medicare Medical Consultant(s). 

Support you receive from other government departments will be considered in determining eligibility.

Please read the Travel and Accommodation Assistance for Transplant Surgeries Outside the Maritime Provinces FAQ.

How much assistance is available?

Travel assistance is for reimbursement only and requires documentation:

  • You may claim up to $1,500 Canadian every six months for one round-trip by car or economy plane, bus or train ticket. You must submit the original receipt and all boarding passes within six months of surgery.

Accommodation assistance:

  • You may be eligible for $2,500 Canadian per month to assist with accommodation costs. Receipts are not required. 
  • Costs associated with utilities and other living expenses are not eligible for assistance.

How do I apply for travel and accommodation assistance?

Submit a completed Travel and Accommodation Expense Claim Form for Transplant Surgeries Outside the Maritime Provinces with all required documentation within six months of your surgery.

If I need to travel out-of-province more than once, do I need to complete the application form and submit receipts each time?

Yes, for auditing purposes Health PEI requires a separate application and original documentation for each trip.

Who can I contact about transplant travel and accommodation assistance?

Out-of-Province Coordinator
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-6516
Fax:  (902) 569-0581


Published date: 
March 14, 2024
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