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British Columbia Insurance

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The province of British Columbia offers a Medical Services Plan to all of its citizens. The plan insures a variety of medically required services to all cardholders.

Prescription Drugs

- PharmaCare offers assistance with many types of  prescription drugs, but does not provide out-of-province benefits. A deductible is required, based on family income.

Dental Care

- The government only covers medically required surgical procedures performed by a surgeon or dental surgeon in a hospital.

Vision Care

- Individuals aged 16 to 64 receive full coverage for one examination every 24 months.

Hospital Care

- Basic hospital care accommodations are covered.

Health Specialists

- Those under 65 receive partial coverage for a variety of medically required health specialist care.

Homecare and Nursing

- Various fees apply to different services. Eligibility based on assessed needs.

Ambulatory Services

- In response to a 911 call there is a $50 flat fee-ground or air fee if transportation is no longer required or refused. An $80 fee is charged when an ambulance is requested and patient is brought to hospital or medical facility.

Hearing Aids

- There is no coverage for hearing aids.

Medical Equipment and Supplies

- Pharmacare provides coverage for insulin, needles, and syringes for diabetics. Coverage available for other medical supplies such as; ostomy supplies, designated permanent prosthetic appliances as well as children's orthotic devices. Children eligible, with type 1 diabetes receive coverage for insulin pumps. Coverage for insulin pump reservoirs for all age groups suffering from diabetes is also offered if eligible.


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British Columbia
New Brunswick
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Prince Edward Island