Alberta

 

Alberta Health is the government organization that provides prescription drug coverage, through a contract with Alberta Blue Cross, an independent organization. To qualify for drug coverage, you must be covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). Please note, only Alberta residents are eligible for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). If you are planning to move to Alberta, you will not be able to receive prescription drug coverage from Alberta Health until you qualify as an Alberta resident.

What drugs are covered?

Because many drugs are covered by Alberta’s drug coverage plans, the best thing to do is to consult the Alberta Health Drug Benefit List. More than 3,600 drugs are listed. The Drug Benefit List is routinely updated four times a year, so make sure you keep yourself up-to-date.

For the complete list in PDF form, please see https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/dbl/pdfs/dbl_full_list.pdf.

If the above list doesn’t have the drug you are looking for, then you may want to consult the Special Authorization list of selected drug products. Through Special Authorization you may be able to receive coverage that would normally not be provided. Special authorization request forms must be completed by your physician, dentist or health care provider. Click here for more information.

What kind of coverage plans are out there?

Alberta Health offers three supplemental health plans: Non-Group Prescription Drug Coverage a universal prescription drug plan available to all residents of Alberta under the age of 65 years; Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors, a premium-free coverage plan for seniors; and Palliative Care Drug Coverage for palliative patients.

Please note that for some plans, it is still required that the patients pay a certain amount of money as well.

What else is out there for me?

There are a number of other services that may be of interest to you. Alberta Community and Social Services contracts with Alberta Blue Cross to offer health benefits, including prescription drug coverage, in the following ways:

There are other ways Alberta Health provides coverage for prescription drugs, these include:

What coverage is there for hepatitis C medications?

For specific information on coverage for hepatitis C medications, visit hepCinfo.ca's Treament Coverage in Your Region.

Considerations for travelers

If you receive a prescription from a Canadian physician outside of Alberta, you can give that prescription to an Alberta pharmacist and receive your drugs in Alberta. However, you may or may not be covered by your home province’s medical plan, therefore, it is best to double check with your physician or pharmacist beforehand.

If you are planning to move to Alberta, be aware that you will not be able to receive prescription drug coverage until you qualify as a resident of the province, which may take several months.

Who should I contact for more information?

For more information, visit https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/aboutus/about.php