The BC Employment & Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
PWD provides disability assistance and supplements to eligible adults to provide greater independence through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. A person must be 18 or older with a physical impairment that in the opinion of a medical or nurse practitioner will continue for at least two years and directly restricts the person’s ability to perform daily living activities and as a result they require an assistive device. Specific criteria and application are available Designation Application - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
Individuals must meet the criteria for a PWD designation and require income support. A person may also be granted a PWD- Prescribed Class designation if they are members of a prescribed class without applying for the designation:
Medical supplies including those for catheterization and ongoing bowel care required due to loss of muscle function can be considered and will be supplied through the Product Distribution Centre (PDC). Specific details are available Medical Supplies - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
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Ask for samples of SpeediCath® catheters*. Simply click here "Free SpeediCath® Samples" on this page.
Talk to your doctor - ask for a prescription for SpeediCath® catheters. SpeediCath® catheters are single use only so the prescription should be for the number of times you need to catheterize daily, typically 4-5 catheters per day (one for every time you need to empty your bladder).
Ask your doctor to complete and sign the Coloplast Intermittent Catheter Letter of Recommendation. Simply click on the letter on this page, download the letter and send it to your doctor. This letter outlines the issue(s) you are having and why you need to use SpeediCath®.
Submit the prescription and letter to Ministry of Social Development for review and approval.
Once approved, the PDC (distribution centre) ships the product directly to your home.
Individuals and families that are no longer eligible to receive income assistance or disability assistance due to income in excess of the requirements can apply for Medical Services Only (MSO) coverage and may be approved to continue to have access to specific health supplements including medical devices. The specific criteria is available Medical Services Only - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
The At Home Program
The At Home Program through the Ministry of Children & Family Development provides eligible families that have a child that has been assessed as dependent in at least three of the four activities of daily living (eating, dressing, toileting and washing) with Medical Benefits. Children that receive nursing care through Nursing Support Services (bcchildrens.ca) are eligible for medical benefits without an assessment.
Once a family is assessed and approved they can have a medical practitioner submit a request for Medical Supplies Form Medical Benefits for Children and Teens with Complex Health Needs - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) and once approved they can be ordered monthly and supplied through the Product Distribution Centre.