About PharmaCare

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Who We Cover

B.C. residents with active Medical Services Plan of B.C. (MSP) coverage are eligible for coverage under the following PharmaCare 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

Products We Cover

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

Services We Cover

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

Examples of Items/Services that PharmaCare Does Not Cover

  • Drugs or supplies purchased from pharmacies that are not enrolled in the PharmaCare Program (PDF)
  • Drugs or supplies purchased outside B.C. or from companies or pharmacies located outside B.C., with the exception of 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
    • 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:
    • Insulin pumps for adults
    • Hearing aids or hearing aid batteries
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines
    • Wheelchairs and walkers
    • Eyeglasses
    • Bandages
    • Baby formula
    • Herbal medicine products
    • Artificial sweeteners