Hope Air provides free flights for patients in financial need that require medical care far from home. Since 1986, we have provided more than 140,000 travel arrangements for patients of all ages and all medical needs. In 2018 Hope Air provided 6,623 free flights for patients from British Columbia for diagnosis, treatment and/or follow-up appointments.
Without the vital service Hope Air provides, 35% of Hope Air patients report that they would have travelled by ground between 4 hours and 12 hours, each way, 32% would have cancelled or postponed their appointments, and 14% would have incurred debt to purchase flights.
Patients in financial need and who need to travel a long distance to a medical appointment which is covered by their provincial health insurance can apply for a free flight.