The Pharmacare and Extended Health Benefits programs are designed to assist registered senior citizens with the cost of prescription drugs, dental care, eye care, and medical-surgical supplies and equipment.
To be eligible for benefits you must be registered with the Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan (YHCIP). You must be a Yukon resident at least 65 years of age or aged 60 and married to a living Yukon resident who is at least 65 years of age.
If you are already registered with Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan, you will be automatically sent a Pharmacare program application in the month which you turn 65. A green Pharmacare card will be issued to you once the application form has been returned and processed. It will take approximately three weeks for your card to arrive in the mail.
If you have only recently moved to the Yukon, you must first register for Yukon Health Care Insurance. The application forms for Pharmacare and Extended Benefits can be filled in at the same time and a card will be sent to you once the registration process has been completed. It takes three months for your Yukon Health Care Insurance coverage and seniors benefits to begin.
The Pharmacare card confirms your eligibility for all insured physician, hospital and seniors benefits.
The Pharmacare program will pay the total costs of the lowest priced generics of all prescription drugs listed in the Yukon Pharmacare Formulary, including the dispensing fee.
Certain non-prescription drugs and goods are also covered by the program such as:
- compounds used in the control of heart disease; nitroglycerin, preparations, digoxin and other digitalis related products
- anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, used for the symptomatic relief of arthritic conditions
- insulin syringes.
Private Insurance Coverage
If you receive health insurance benefits through your employer or a third party insurance agency, claims must be submitted to these insurers first. The Pharmacare program is the insurer of last resort. Payment is made on a reimbursement basis. It is an offence to seek reimbursement from both plans.
You will be charged directly for the cost of drugs if you do not have the card with you when making a purchase. The program may refund this amount but you must submit the original receipt.
Yukon Pharmacare does not cover the cost of products which can be obtained without a prescription, including vitamins, patent medicines, personal care items, medical/surgical supplies, laxatives, antacids and most medicines used in the treatment of colds.
Persons receiving benefits under these programs will no longer be eligible if they are away from the territory for more than 183 consecutive days, unless the absence is for more than 201 days and the eligible beneficiary has satisfied the Director of Insured Health Services that the Yukon is their only permanent residence.
If you move out of the territory permanently, benefits cease on the date of your departure.
Extended health care benefits to seniors - The Pharmacare and Extended Health Benefits programs are designed to assist registered senior citizens with the cost of prescription drugs, dental care, eye care, and medical-surgical supplies and equipment.
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5403
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
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