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
  • a Diabetes Education Centre (operated by a regional health authority or accredited by the Ministry of Health) has faxed your eligibility information 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 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.

 

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

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

  • Lancets
  • Blood and urine ketone strips
  • Alcohol swabs