What's Up in Family Medicine, February 2015

Spotlight on two resources for patients and doctors

  • Travel service helps hope soar
  • Online cancer tool can help start a conversation between patients and physicians

Travel service helps hope soar

Do any of your patients need health care a long way from their home community, but can’t afford to fly there?

If yes – maybe you can help them by connecting them to
Hope Air.

Hope Air is Canada’s only nationwide charity providing free flights to people who cannot afford the cost of an
airline ticket to get specialized medical care outside of their home communities. Since 1986, Hope Air has arranged over 90,000 free flights for people of all ages, with all illnesses, from across Canada.
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Flights are available as an alternative to long bus or car journeys, reducing both the patient's expenses and stress of long-distance travel. Eligibility for a free flight is based on financial need, and the travel is for a medical appointment covered by OHIP.

Requesting a flight is easy, and can be done by patients or by a physician at 1-877-346-HOPE (4673) or through their website.

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MyCancerIQ.ca now live

My Cancer IQ is a new tool from Cancer Care Ontario for patients and physicians. Focused on breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers, the site provides information to help patients understand their risk factors for these cancers. Through the use of an interactive tool, patients can complete an individualized Risk Assessment Report that they can use to help inform discussions with their to their doctors.

The health-care provider portion of the site provides information about the Risk Assessment Report and access health promotion materials that can be shared with patients.

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