How many of us are from Canada, ? and how do you manage with med coverage?

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 900
   Posted 9/28/2007 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello fellow Canadians,
I am on a social assistance disability .....many , many of my meds are not covered. I am presently fairly well maintained on Sulfasalazine and Pantaloc, but wonder what would happen if I needed Humira or Pred.
I presently have a serious pneumonia. The attending physician prescribed an antibiotic. Got to the pharmacist who informs me that this med is one of the best for the type of pneumonia I have but it isn't covered, and very expensive. So he called the DR. who re-ordered one of the cheaper run of the mill antibiotic, that we poor folks have to make due with. He says it will take me twice as long to get better.
How are other canadians managing ....esp. on a disablility type coverage. Does it vary from province to province? I am worried because a sinus infection typically leads to a pneumonia which typically leads to another flare with me. I've only been on disability for the past 4 years so have yet to deal with the bureaucratic /pharmaceutical end of things\
"Sick and tired" old Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 9/28/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are going through this Mary. I live in Toronto, and am lucky that I have a group insurance plan through my employer (actually the Province of Ontario is my employer).  Not sure where you are in Canada, but I know Ontario has the Trillium program which helps low income people with access to meds. I am not sure if the other provinces have the same thing, but I would imagine so.
Good luck to you ....
32 year old Crohn's Mom of 2 great kids (ages 7 and 5) and a wonderfully supportive of DH.  Diagnosed in 1996. 1 resection in 1997. Have tried just about all the meds out there, currently on Remicade, Imuran, B12 shots, Pariet, Celxa and occassionaly Ativan. Have really scary reactions to steriods (Pred especially).

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 217
   Posted 9/28/2007 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am from british husband has a group insurance so we pay 10% of med....
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidal and lemotrogine.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 9/28/2007 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marie-Claire:

Each province has a medicial services insurance formulary of drugs, a list of what is covered. It varies from province to province.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 9/28/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm from Alberta and my husbands insurance through work covers 80% of our Alberta we also have the choice of purchasing Alberta Blue Cross, I don't know if other provinces carry blue cross but I'm assuming they must so if they do in your province you could check into that and maybe even get a good rate on it if you're on social assistance (it might even be free for those on social assistance) definitely worth looking into.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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