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Federal Programs

Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB):

Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB) is available for those who are Inuk recognized by one of the Inuit Land Claim Organizations, a First Nations person who is registered under the Indian Act (commonly referred to as a "Status Indian"), and children less than 2 years old whose parent is an NIHB-eligible client. When approved, NIHB will cover the full cost of prescribed medical supplies and equipment bought through approved providers/vendors. NIHB will be directly billed.

NIHB currently provides 360 catheters per every 3 months. If however, you are experiencing issues like urinary Tract Infections ( UTIs); pain; urethral damage; bleeding or difficulty inserting the catheter, you may qualify for a better catheter option as well as more catheters per month.

NIHB website

Contact NIHB

13.0 Medical surgical equipment and supplies benefits list (

Jordan’s Principle:

Jordan's Principal is a legal requirement resulting from the Orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and is not a policy or program.​

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.​

  • Applies to all First Nations children, regardless of whether they live on or off-reserve. ​

  • Applies to all government services for First Nations children including mental health, special education, dental, early childhood services, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical equipment (including uncoated and hydrophilic intermittent catheters) and more. ​

  • Is not limited to children with disabilities. ​

  • Can provide services to First Nations children even when the service is not available to other children.​

  • Jordan’s Principal does not replace the products and services covered under the NIHB program. However, Jordan’s Principal may apply to products and services that are not covered through NIHB

Jordan's Principal

Jordan's Principal Handbook (developed and made available by the Assembly of First Nations)


Veterans Affairs Canada:

The Treatment Benefits Program provides eligible clients with a VAC healthcare card that provides coverage for medical equipment and other health benefits. In order to qualify for the VAC healthcare card you must qualify for the following Veterans Affairs programs (you do not need to apply, the card will automatically be sent to you):

The VAC treatment benefits include bowel and bladder management supplies including for ostomy, colostomy and ileostomy as well as catheter and incontinence supplies. Details can be found here Search VAC treatment benefits - Veterans Affairs Canada including frequencies and dollar limits. Your health care provider can contact VAC if your treatment will exceed these limits

Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP):

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits for specific groups of people in Canada who don’t have provincial, territorial, or private health-care coverage.

  • Resettled refugees

  • Protected persons in Canada (asylum)

  • Refugee claimants

  • Victims of human trafficking

  • Detainees (individuals detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)

Interim Federal Health Program: About the program -

Public Service Health Care Plan

RCMP, Federal Government Employees, Retirees & Dependents as well as Participating Employers may be covered through the Public Service Health Care Plan. Eligible individuals can receive 80% reimbursement for colostomy, ileostomy and tracheostomy supplies as well as catheters, drainage bags for incontinent, paraplegic or quadriplegic patients.

✓ For eligibility see Public Service Health Care Plan summary -
✓ For coverage details see Extended Health Provision (

For Participating Employers see Schedule I – Participating Employers here: Schedule I - Participating Employers (

Coloplast provides this information for convenience and your general reference only. It does not constitute legal advice or a recommendation regarding clinical practice. Reimbursement, coverage and payment policies can vary from one insurer and region to another and is subject to change without notice. The provider has the responsibility to determine medical necessity and to submit appropriate codes, information, and charges for care provided. Coloplast does not guarantee coverage or payment of products and Coloplast makes no guarantee that the use of this information will prevent differences of opinion or disputes with providers, agencies, insurers, or other payors as to the correct form of billing or the amount that will be paid. This information is provided for your general information only and is not intended to replace any advice you receive from your own internal or external insurance coverage consultants, reimbursement specialists or legal counsel.


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