About PharmaCare

PharmaCare helps B.C. residents pay for eligible prescription drugs, designated medical supplies, and some pharmacy services. You must be enrolled in Medical Services Plan (MSP) to be covered under a PharmaCare plan.

 

Follow the links to read about these plans.

  • Fair PharmaCare—B.C.’s income-based plan. Most B.C. residents are covered by this plan. You can register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Plan B—Permanent residents of licensed residential care facilities
  • Plan C—Individuals receiving income assistance from the Province of British Columbia
  • Plan D—Individuals registered with a provincial cystic fibrosis clinic
  • Plan F—Children receiving medical or full financial assistance through the At Home Program of the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Plan G—Clients of mental health services centres for whom the cost of medication is a significant barrier to treatment
  • Plan P—BC Palliative Care Benefits Program for those who choose to receive palliative care at home
  • Plan W—First Nations Health Benefits

BC PharmaCare covers a comprehensive list of drugs and medical supplies, including:

  • Most drugs prescribed by your physician, dentist, midwife, nurse practitioner, optometrist or podiatrist licensed and practicing in B.C.
  • Insulin, needles, syringes, blood glucose monitoring strips, and insulin pump supplies for people with diabetes
  • Certain ostomy supplies 
  • Designated permanent prostheses
  • Designated children's orthoses
  • Designated nicotine replacement therapy products and smoking cessation prescription drugs for all B.C. residents with active MSP coverage through the BC Smoking Cessation Program
  • Medications prescribed by your doctor as part of a Medical Assistance in Dying process

Some drugs require pre-approval for PharmaCare coverage

PharmaCare covers:

  • Pharmacy dispensing fees
  • The full cost of a pharmacist-delivered medication review services for most B.C. residents taking 5 or more medications
  • All B.C. residents for clinical services fees associated with prescription renewal or adaptation by pharmacists
  • Fees for pharmacists to administer publicly funded vaccines
  • Drugs or supplies purchased from pharmacies not enrolled in the PharmaCare Program
  • Drugs or supplies purchased outside B.C. or from companies or pharmacies located outside B.C., except eligible Plan W benefits
  • Any portion of a dispensing fee above the maximum dispensing fee PharmaCare recognizes or above the maximum number of fees PharmaCare allows
  • Drug costs above the maximum drug price PharmaCare recognizes
  • Most drugs purchased over-the-counter, unless the drug is eligible under a specific PharmaCare plan
  • Drugs:
    • That PharmaCare has reviewed and decided not to cover (see Drugs Requiring Pre-Approval for exceptional cases)
    • For which a manufacturer has not submitted a request for PharmaCare coverage
    • That PharmaCare is currently considering for coverage
    • Available as part of a private clinical trial
    • Paid for by another payer, such as:
      • A private or federal insurer
      • WorkSafe BC or the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
      • Through an Award for Damages or settlement agreement
    • Prescribed by a veterinarian
    • Used to treat infertility, as diet therapies, or those normally used for cosmetic purposes (such as for hair loss or wrinkle prevention)
    • Provided through other agencies or facilities such as:
  • Medical supplies and devices not listed on the Medical Supplies page, and other items such as:
    • Hearing aids or hearing aid batteries
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
    • Wheelchairs and walkers
    • Eyeglasses
    • Bandages
    • Baby formula
    • Herbal medicine products
    • Artificial sweeteners

 


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