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Children's drug & optical program

The Children's Drug and Optical Program is designed to assist low income families with the cost of prescription drugs and eye care for children under the age of 19.

The physician must apply for benefits on behalf of the patient. In communities without a resident physician, a community health nurse can make the application. Applications for benefits are normally made before a purchase is made although some circumstances may not permit prior approval.


  • Low-income families with children ages 0 to 18 years are eligible.
  • If the family has other insurance, that insurance must be used first.
  • A benefit card will be issued for each eligible child.
  • The card will be effective from the date of enrolment to March 31 of the same fiscal year.
  • Families must reapply each fiscal year.
  • The benefit card must be presented to the pharmacists or optometrist and the program will be billed for services provided.


  • Families may be responsible for paying a portion of the cost every year. This is a deductible. Once this is paid, the child will be enrolled in the program, which will cover remaining eligible expenses.
  • The maximum deductible is $250 per child and $500 per family. Deductibles may be waived depending on income and number of people in the family. (This is calculated on a sliding income scale.)
  • Once enrolled, children are eligible for prescription drugs, one eye examination every two years, glasses every two years to a maximum of $200 and contact lenses where recommended for medical reasons. Medical supplies covered include surgical and burn dressings, scabicide, pediculicide, anaphylaxis emergency treatment kits.


Once enrolled, children are eligible for:

  • prescription drugs;
  • one eye examination every two years;
  • glasses every two years, to a maximum cost of $200;
  • contact lenses, where recommended for medical reasons; and
  • certain medical supplies when  recommended by a physician or  community health nurse.

Medical supplies include: surgical and burn dressings, scabicides (scabies/cuts),  pediculicides (lice), anaphylaxis emergency treatment kits (allergic reactions), anti-fungal medications, prenatal vitamins and wart treatments.

Additional eye examinations and lenses are permitted when a recommendation is made by a physician or optometrist and is pre-approved by the Director of Insured Health Programs.


To enroll in the program or to receive more information, contact The Children's Drug and Optical Program at 867-667-8494.

Yukon residents are strongly advised to purchase additional insurance when travelling outside Canada.

Related links

Drug Formulary

For Chronic Disease, Pharmacare and Children's Drug Programs. Products can be searched for by using brand name, generic ingredient, drug identification number (DIN) or by manufacturer name.

Contact info

Children's drug & optical program

Phone: 867-667-5092

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5092

Fax: 867-393-6486

Mailing Address:

Children's drug & optical program (H-2)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: 4th Floor, Financial Plaza | 204 Lambert St. | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]


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