Housing for Indigenous Medical Patients in P.G.

Kathy Brookes

It's a development that will make it easier for some Indigenous patients to receive medical treatment away from home in northern B.C. 

The province and First Nations Health Authority are working together to provide temporary housing near medical facilities in Prince George and Fort St. John.

In a news release, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson says many people in remote Indigenous communities have to travel a long way to access health care, including women travelling to give birth.  She says this partnership will make it much easier and more affordable, especially for people requiring long-term stays.

The agreement will reserve temporary housing for First Nations Health Authority clients in already existing B.C. Housing buildings in Prince George and Fort St. John, and additional locations could be added in the future.

They will also have access to a medical transportation program. 

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