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What is PharmaCare?
· PharmaCare provides financial assistance to prescription drug users through specialty plans and a new Fair PharmaCare program.
Who is Covered?
Who is Eligible for B.C.’s PharmaCare Program?
To be eligible for PharmaCare financial assistance, an individual must:
· Be a resident of British Columbia for at least three months.
· Be registered with the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia.
· Meet the Canadian residency requirement (person has resided in Canada and has been a Canadian citizen or holder of permanent resident status for the last 12 months).
To be eligible for Fair PharmaCare, B.C. families must meet the above requirements, plus:
How Does PharmaCare Work?
B.C.’s Fair PharmaCare Program
· The new Fair PharmaCare program focuses financial assistance on B.C. families who need it most, based on their net income. To receive their maximum financial assistance, B.C. residents and families can register and provide their net income.
In addition to Fair PharmaCare, British Columbians will continue to have access to the same coverage under the following plans.
· Plan B – For residents of long-term care facilities, eligible prescription medications are covered 100 per cent through the care facility.
Plan C – For
people receiving income assistance through the Ministry of Human Resources,
PharmaCare financial assistance is available for 100 per cent of eligible
· Plan D – This plan is for people registered with a provincial cystic fibrosis clinic.
· Plan F – This plan covers children eligible for medical or full financial assistance through the at home program of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
· Plan G – Clients eligible for financial assistance through mental health centres are covered by this plan.
In addition, prescription drugs provided through the B.C. Cancer Agency, the B.C. Renal Agency or the B.C. Transplant Society are not funded by PharmaCare and are not affected by these changes.