The Government of Nova Scotia sponsors various Pharmacare programs; however, ostomy coverage is limited to the following programs:
The Nova Scotia government offers no other ostomy supply coverage for the general public.
In general, you may be eligible for the above programs if you:
Types of Ostomies Covered:
Members pay for the Seniors Pharmacare Program in two ways: through an annual premium paid directly to the Program, and a co-payment paid at the pharmacy or directly to the Program.
The maximum annual premium any senior will pay is $424. Depending on your income, you may pay a reduced premium or no premium at all. If you receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), you do not have to pay a premium unless you have an outstanding balance from the previous year.
If your joint annual income is below $26,817, you will not pay a premium. If your yearly joint income is between $26,817 and $40,000, your premium will be reduced from the annual maximum of $424. Please use the online calculator to learn more about what your premium will cost:
Cancer Program: complete the following form, which you can find online:
All members in the Senior’s Program must pay a co-payment, even if you don’t pay a premium or if you have a reduced premium. The co-payment is 30 percent of the total cost of each prescription. For example, if the total cost of your prescription is $50, you will pay 30 percent, which would be $15. The balance is charged directly to the Program.
The maximum annual co-payment is $382. Once you have paid that much in a year, you will not have to pay any more until the next Program year. The Program year is from April 1 to March 31.
PO Box 9322
Halifax NS B3K 6A1