Access to services

The health of First Nations’ members is in a more precarious state than the health of the Canadian or Quebec population. Structural transformations must be made to remedy the existing disparities and allow First Nations to hope for a better future based on the delivery of effective health and social services that meet their needs.

Available assistance

  • Home care: allows people with chronic or acute illnesses to receive nursing and personal care, assistance for meal preparation and light housecleaning, as well as other in-home services.
  • Assisted living: provides funding for non-medical social support services that meet the needs of older persons, adults with chronic illnesses, and children and adults with disabilities, in order to enhance their levels of independent living.
  • Access ton non-insured health benefits: allows payment of certain medications and medical services that are not covered by a private insurance plan or the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Health Services Integration Fund

The objective of the Health Services Integration Fund is to improve collaboration among federal, territorial, provincial and Aboriginal partners in First Nations health. In particular, it has allowed the funding of two projects submitted by the FNQLHSSC: the Project to support the implementation of mental health and addictions protocols and the First Nations of Quebec health and social services governance project.

Following is the definition found in the literature of Health Canada:

The Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF) is an initiative for supporting collaborative planning and multi-year projects aimed at better meeting the healthcare needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

To access Health Canada information online, visit the following website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/services/acces/hsif-fiss-goals-principes-eng.php