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Equality of access remains a significant issue. Low-income patients, or parents of patients, in remote rural environments face barriers of time, distance and cost that, for many, are simply beyond their means, especially when multiple visits to specialized care over the course of their treatment is necessary. The need to adjust quickly to a shocking diagnosis and to address how to afford to get to vital care is an unbearable situation too many Canadians are facing today.
At Hope Air, we believe that all Canadians should have access to the healthcare they need. Where you live and how much money you have should not determine your access to specialists and treatments in Canada.
We’re committed to easing the stress of getting there by providing families, from coast-to-coast, with free flights and accommodations.
For 36 years, Hope Air has been there to help Canadian families receive much-needed medical care.
They will significantly reduce financial barriers to accessing health care for millions of Canadians living in smaller and more remote communities.
With over 4 million Canadians presently living in poverty, including 748,000 children, it will alleviate financial hardship relating to transportation and living expenses while travelling to attend medical treatment and care at major hospitals.
His mother, Tiffany recalls that she would have gone into debt to finance the regular flying that Christian’s treatment would require.
11 years later, they still regularly make trips to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Not having to worry about financial arrangements and hotel booking gives Tiffany the peace of mind to focus on Christian’s health.
Ivy did not know how her family would cover travel expenses that Elo needed to reach vital, lifesaving medical care.
Hope Air has been providing them with free fights for the entirety of Elo’s treatment allowing them to stay in their home community of Thunder Bay. Without Hope Air, the family would have been forced to relocate.
Unfortunately, this year her cancer has returned. She will once again need to travel to Toronto every few weeks for lifesaving medical care.
Hope Air greatly improves Lorena’s quality of life, ensuring she does not have to endure a 12-hour drive before and after her chemo, take out a second mortgage, or choose between food and her medical care.
With the cost of living rising, including food prices at their highest in 41 years (groceries are up by 11.6%) more Canadians than ever are struggling and can’t afford to get to the medical care they need.
A recent survey shows that 9.7 million Canadian adults experience chronic difficulty or challenges in accessing healthcare. And we know that delaying treatment for cancer by even a month can increase a person’s risk of dying by 6% to 13%. At the end of the day, it can take years off of someone’s life.
Hope Air takes on the stress and worry of arranging and financing travel and accommodations so Lorena and others facing a difficult diagnosis can focus on what matters the most: their health.
Through your support, families can overcome the barriers of cost and distance and focus on what’s important – their health. Generous donors like you make it possible for Hope Air to provide free flights and free accommodations so patients can reach health care.
Most importantly, your donation means that no one will have to cancel or postpone their medical appointment due to cost or distance; 33% of patients would cancel their medical appointments without Hope Air.