Basic ostomy supplies are covered. Accessory items such as deodorizers, hernia support binders, etc., are not covered through MOP but may be purchased at local medical supply stores. You can claim products that a third-party insurance provider does not cover as a Medical Expense on your income taxes.
Initially, supplies are ordered every month. If the prescribed product is working well for the client after three months, a client may request a quantity of up to 3 months with each order. An NSWOC must approve changes and updates to the list of supplies.
After surgery, an NSWOC will be consulted to assess the client in the hospital for teaching and registration with MOP. Suppose the client has had surgery in a rural hospital. In that case, the surgical unit will ensure that client is registered with the Manitoba Ostomy Program before discharge from the hospital. Clients who have had surgery out of province may call MOP directly for program registration. A doctor’s referral is not required.