Help with Medication Costs

(Pharmacare and BC Healthy Kids Program)

The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) does not pay for drugs prescribed by your doctor outside a hospital.  When you need medicine, the doctor will give you a prescription and you will have to pay for it at the pharmacy.  You can buy some drugs without prescription.  If you need help choosing medication, ask a pharmacist at the pharmacy.

BC PharmaCare helps residents of British Columbia with the cost of some prescription drugs and medical supplies.  There are several different ways BC PharmaCare can help. Usually, you must have an MSP health care card before you can sign up for PharmaCare help.

The largest plan is the Fair PharmaCare plan which provides help depending on your family’s net income. You only have to register once. Most B.C. residents, single people or families, qualify for some help under Fair PharmaCare.  If you qualify, part of your prescription cost is paid by PharmaCare and is calculated automatically when you buy your medications.  You only pay the costs not covered by PharmaCare.  If you leave B.C., PharmaCare coverage ends the day you leave the province.

You can register for Fair PharmaCare online.

The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families pay for basic dental care and prescription glasses for their children.  If you have children under 19 years old, and your family is receiving Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health Services, you qualify for the BC Healthy Kids Program. Click on the link for more information: More information on the BC Healthy Kids Program or call 1-866-866-0800 (press 4, then 2)