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BC Fair PharmaCare Program

What is BC Fair PharmaCare?

British Columbia's Fair PharmaCare Program started May 1, 2003. PharmaCare subsidizes eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies.

The Fair PharmaCare Program covers the cost of most medications, based on family income. Individuals still have to pay for a part of their medications. This is called a deductible. The deductible is calculated based on net family income. Unfortunately, for many patients and families this can add up to a significant amount of money.

If you are not signed up for the BC Fair PharmaCare program, please sign up ASAP. If you do not know how to do this, speak with your BMT social worker. For more information, visit the BC Fair PharmaCare web site.

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How is coverage calculated?

Individuals and families must all sign up for the PharmaCare program to receive coverage. Coverage for the current year is calculated based on net family income from two years ago. For example, for the 2009 calendar year, individuals pay a deductible based on their income for the year 2007.

Since your Fair PharmaCare deductible is based on your income, if your income changes, you may apply to Fair PharmaCare to get an income review to lower your deductible. For more information on how to do this, you can speak with your BMT social worker, call Fair PharmaCare directly at 1-800-387-4977 or visit the BC Fair PharmaCare web site.

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