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Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) is Health Canada's national program. This program addresses the following:
- benefit claims for a specified range of drugs
- dental care
- vision care
- medical supplies and equipment
- short-term crisis intervention
- mental health counseling
- medical transportation
Who is an Eligible Recipient?
An eligible recipient must be identified as a resident of Canada and one of the following:
- A registered Indian according to the Indian Act;
- An Inuk recognized by one of the Inuit Land Claim organizations; or
- An infant less than one year of age, whose parent is an eligible recipient.
What is covered?
The NIHB Program covers a wide variety of goods and services that may not be covered under provincial medical plans or private insurance. These medically neccessary goods and services include:
- Crisis Counselling
- Dental Benefits
- Drug Benefits
- Eye & Vision Care Benefits
- Medical Supplies & Equiptment
- Medical Transportation
For a detailed list of goods and services that may be covered by the NIHB program, please visit the Health Canada Website.
The Tsawout Health Department has put together some useful information for community members who might have questions about Health Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits program. This information includes:
- BC Medical Services Care Card Information
- Medical Services Plan (MSP) Checklist
- Medical Services Plan (MSP) Enrollment Application
- Medical Services Plan - Change of Service Form
- Appeals Procedures for NIHB Recipients
- Approval Process for receiving exception drugs
- Approval Process for receiving vision care
- Approval Process for receiving medical supplies & equipment.
Please note that these are PDF files and require Adobe Reader to read. Get Adobe Reader here.
We hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any further questions regarding NIHB or other Health Services please contact the Health Department here, or phone (250) 652-1149.