Diabetes Supplies

Subject to annual quantity limits (based on the type of diabetes treatment you are receiving), PharmaCare covers blood glucose test strips:

  • If you are covered under:
  • Blood glucose testing has been deemed medically necessary for you, and
  • You received diabetes management training from a diabetes education centre (DEC) or a designated primary care network (PCN) and the centre has faxed your training certificate to Health Insurance BC.

If you receive your training, your diabetes education centre will give you a printed voucher. The voucher entitles you to a one-time coverage of blood glucose test strips (to a maximum of $100) if your eligibility information has not yet been entered in the province's claim system when you make your first test strip purchase.

>> Learn about the annual quantity limits for blood glucose test strip coverage.

>> See the list of blood glucose test strips that are eligible for PharmaCare coverage.

PharmaCare provides coverage of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) through Special Authority. Initial coverage is for one (1) year. After the first year, your prescriber can request a Special Authority renewal for five (5) years.

You are eligible for coverage if:

  • You are covered under one (or more) of these plans:
  • Blood glucose testing with a CGM has been deemed medically necessary for you
  • You agree to comprehensive and age-appropriate diabetes education by an interdisciplinary diabetes healthcare team and commit to regular follow-up

If you are already using a CGM and would like to be covered by PharmaCare, your prescriber will still need to apply for Special Authority. You must meet the eligibility criteria.

You do not need a certificate of training from a diabetes education centre to qualify for this coverage.

CGMs and blood glucose test strips

If using a CGM, you may occasionally need blood glucose test strips (for example, if your CGM displays an error code or if your symptoms don’t match your CGM readings). CGM users are covered for 200 blood glucose test strips per year. See Blood glucose test strips above.

What is Special Authority?

How do I register for Fair PharmaCare?

Did you know patients can track their prescriber’s Special Authority request in Health Gateway?

>> See which continuous glucose monitors are eligible for PharmaCare coverage.

 

PharmaCare covers insulin if you are covered under:

You do not need a certificate of training from a diabetes education centre to qualify for this coverage.

PharmaCare covers most insulin up to the regular retail price but does not cover a dispensing fee. For detailed information on PharmaCare coverage of insulin products, please see the PharmaCare Policy Manual, section 5.14

PharmaCare covers needles and syringes if you have insulin-dependent diabetes and you are covered under:

You do not need a certificate of training from a diabetes education centre to qualify for this coverage.

For needles and syringes for insulin therapy, PharmaCare covers the regular retail price but does not cover a dispensing fee. PharmaCare does not cover safety needles.

For more information about coverage of needles and syringes, please see the PharmaCare Policy Manual, section 5.15.

The following supplies are eligible for coverage under First Nations Health Benefits (Plan W) only:

  • Lancets
  • Blood and urine ketone strips
  • Alcohol swabs