Treatment for lymphovenous disorders provided by health care professionals, is generally covered free of charge by Canada's health insurance system. Coverage for extremity pumps and compression garments for chronic lymphedema varies from province to province. Other treatments such as massage and alternative therapies are usually paid for by the individual or through non-government health insurance programs. For a list of massage therapists in your area please contact one of the massage/physiotherapy schools on the lymphatic massage page of this web site or get in touch with a support group in your area.
This information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant as a substitute for medical advice or an endorsement of any treatment option.
HEALTH COVERAGE FOR STATUS INDIANS AND INUIT
The federal government provides treatment and public health services in remote areas and public health services in non-isolated Indian communities through the Medical Services Branch (MSB) of Health Canada. Services include community preventive health and health promotion programs and services, and monitoring of safe water supplies and sewage disposal. Also, the MSB may help with certain non-insured health benefits such as prescription drugs, dental services, eye glasses, medical transportation and other health services not covered by your provincial health insurance plan or available from any other agency.
Health services for First Nations and Inuit are the responsibility of provincial, territorial and federal governments. The provinces/ territories provide and/or pay for insured physician and hospital services. The federal government provides treatment and public health services in remote areas and public health services in non-isolated First Nation communities through the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. Services include community preventive health and health promotion programs and services and environmental health surveillance. Emergency diagnostic and treatment services are provided by the MSB when not available otherwise. Health care premiums in Alberta and British Columbia are also covered.
The federal government encourages and supports the transfer of control of health programs to First Nation and Inuit organizations. Financing for these services is provided by contribution and contract arrangements. In Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories, the territorial governments are responsible for medical and health services.
For more information about these services contact your First Nation council, the territorial Department of Health or your regional health board for more information or assistance.
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Last revised Jan. 17, 2012