Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs

Nova Scotia provides assistance to eligible residents through various programs to help pay for prescribed medications and supplies listed in the Nova Scotia Formulary.

Seniors’ Pharmacare

This program is open to residents 65+. In the coming program year, 2011 – 2012, seniors enrolled in the Seniors Pharmacare program will continue to pay the same copayment and premium as last year. The copayment remains at 30% per prescription to an annual maximum of $382. The annual maximum premium is $424.

Seniors’ Pharmacare Website



Family Pharmacare

Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare is a provincial drug plan designed to help Nova Scotians with the cost of prescription drugs. The program offers protection against drug costs for families who have no drug coverage; or, if the cost of the prescription drugs becomes a financial burden to them.

The program is available to all Nova Scotians with a valid health card and there is no premium or fee to join the program. The annual out-of-pocket cost is capped at a percentage of family income. Specific questions about individual situations can be answered by calling toll-free 1-877-330-0323.

Family Pharmacare Website



Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients – pay for certain cancer related drugs for eligible residents of Nova Scotia with a gross family income of $15,720 or less.

Benefits include chemotherapeutic agents, pain medications, antiemetic agents and laxatives for use with chronic opioid therapy.

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Website


Department of Community Services Pharmacare Benefits

The Department of Community Services provides prescription drug coverage, known as Pharmacare, to

  • Income Assistance clients (which includes Extended Pharmacare and Transitional Pharmacare clients)
  • Services for Persons with Disabilities clients
  • Children in the care of child welfare through either a district office of the Department of Community Services or a Children’s Aid Society/Family and Children’s Services agency
  • Low Income Pharmacare for Children clients

Department of Community Services – Pharmacare Benefits Website


Diabetes Assistance Program

If a person with diabetes can’t afford the medications and supplies they need, there is a greater risk of developing complications.

This program seeks to reduce that risk by assisting with the cost of diabetes medication and supplies, and by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Nova Scotians who were enrolled in the Nova Scotia Diabetes Assistance Program for the 2009-10 program year (ending March 31, 2010) are eligible to re-enrol in the 2010-11 program year if they are under the age of 65 with a diagnosis of diabetes and have no drug coverage.

After March 31, 2010, the Nova Scotia Diabetes Assistance Program will not enrol any new patients. New patients will be offered enrollment in the Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program which provides assistance to all members of a family and is not only restricted to drugs for the treatment of diabetes.

The Program started January 2006

Diabetes Assistance Program Website


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