Can I get my medical cannabis covered by my drug plan?
Canadians have access to drug benefits through various private insurance (third-party) plans, disability benefits, employer-provided health spending accounts, provincial/ territorial drug benefit programs and federal drug plans for certain groups. These plans provide access to prescription medications as well as non-prescription medications and medical devices. Coverage of the costs of medical cannabis (medical marijuana) through some these plans and programs is now available and is becoming routine for certain conditions. Other plans do not consider requests for coverage of medical marijuana at all presently. Some plans have a prior authorization or exceptional access mechanism which must be used to request coverage of medical cannabis. Additionally many plans that cover medical cannabis do so for specific conditions (coverage criteria).
The blue buttons above provide detailed informatiion on medical cannabis coverage by the various Insurance Providers, specific Employers / Unions, Provincial / Territorial Drug Benefit Programs, Federal Drug Plans and information on claiming the costs of medical cannabis as an eligible medical expense on your tax return.
NEWS (artilcles dealing with coverage of the costs of medical cannabis)