The Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program is a provincial drug insurance plan designed to help Nova Scotians with the cost of their prescription drugs. The Program offers protection against drug costs for families who have no drug coverage or if the cost of the prescription drugs becomes a financial burden to them. The Program is available to all Nova Scotians with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card.
The Family Pharmacare Program helps cover the costs of certain prescribed drugs, supplies and related services that are indicated as benefits in the Nova Scotia Formulary.
To be eligible for the Family Pharmacare Program, you must:
A resident who meets these criteria is not eligible for benefits under the Family Pharmacare Program if they are receiving drug coverage through the:
Each family is required to complete only one Registration Form. For the purposes of the Family Pharmacare Program, a family is:
There is no premium or fee to join the Family Pharmacare Program. If you do not need any prescriptions, you will not be required to pay anything.
All beneficiaries who are enrolled in the Family Pharmacare Program will be required to pay a part of the cost of certain prescription drugs and devices covered under the Program. The Program has annual family copayment and deductible maximums that are set depending on a family’s size and annual income.
For more information, please see the Family Pharmacare Program – Information Booklet. Specific questions about individual situations can be answered by calling toll-free 1-877-330-0323.
Calculate an estimate of your family deductible and copayment amounts for the Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program.
Go to Family Pharmacare Calculator page
See our Information Booklet for more detailed information related to the Family Pharmacare Program, including: more on eligibility, enrolment, and cost; how the Program works; and what you should know if you also have private drug coverage insurance.
Go to Family Pharmacare Program Information Booklet in PDF format
Find answers to common questions about the Family Pharmacare Program.
Use this form to register you and/or your family in the Family Pharmacare Program.
Download Family Pharmacare Program – Registration Form in PDF format
Read common questions and answers to frequently asked questions about Pharmacare Program benefits and reimbursement.
Go to Benefits and Reimbursement page
Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program
Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs
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