Living with an ostomy in Canada impacts your financial well-being. Ostomy supplies can be costly, and individual needs may drive the cost up. There are various ways to obtain reimbursement; however, the type and availability vary greatly depending on the province in which you reside. While some provinces offer public funding, some provide little to no support, and many programs do not cover temporary ostomies.
Ostomy Canada can assure Canadians that we are actively involved in advocacy with the government to provide these services; unfortunately, we cannot offer financial assistance. (Can John give a statement from the advocacy team and include any partnerships involved in the matter? The information should be linked to another section of the website examining this issue).
Below we will explore how you may obtain reimbursement for your ostomy supplies. Please note that we are providing a high-level overview, so we encourage you to review this topic in depth through the links provided for each program.