Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Programs and Services

Drug Coverage and Supplementary Health Benefits, Alberta Health

  • Financial Assistance
  • Health and Wellness

Government-sponsored supplementary health benefit programs

Alberta Health offers a number of additional health benefit plans for Albertans. Administered by Alberta Blue Cross, these plans are:

  • Non-Group Coverage - a premium-based plan available to Albertans under 65 years of age and their dependants.
  • Coverage for Seniors - a premium-free plan available to Albertans 65 years of age and older and their dependants.
  • Palliative Coverage - for people diagnosed as being palliative and receiving their treatments at home.
  • Optical Assistance for Seniors- for low-to-moderate incomes seniors to recieve financial assistance for optical services.

For more information on the above health plans, please visit Alberta Blue Cross' website here.

Note: Alberta Health-sponsored supplementary health benefit plans cover pre-existing health conditions.

Specialized prescription drug coverage

Alberta Health provides coverage for specialized prescription drugs, which includes services through:

  • Outpatient Cancer Drug Benefit Program
  • Specialized High Cost Drug Program
  • Disease Control and Prevention - for the treatment of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease.
  • Alberta Health Services - provides all medically required drugs administered in hospitals, auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes, at no direct cost to the patient.

Many disease modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis are eligible for special authorization to be covered by the ministry's supplementary health benefit programs above. Special authorization request forms are completed by physicians and reviewed by clinical pharmacists. Prior approval must be granted to ensure coverage by special authorization.

For more information:

Phone: 780-427-1432 (for toll-free access within Alberta, first dial 310-0000)

Visit the website here

Disclaimer: The MS Society is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions. For specific information and advice, please consult your personal physician. Read our full privacy policy.

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