Costs & Financial Assistance

Individuals with diabetes may face high medical costs for medications, supplies & medical devices to help manage their diabetes. To help cover some of the costs, there are a number of options available to those who qualify. Many private benefit programs have their own coverage options. Contact your plan administrator for details.

OHIP +

Provides more than 4400 drug products currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program at no cost for individuals 24 years or younger & who are not covered by a private drug plan. Individuals do not have to enroll or register to access OHIP + coverage & coverage will automatically stop on your 25th birthday.
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Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB)

Provides coverage for more than 4400 drug products & supplies for individuals 65 years or older. Under this program, you will pay a yearly deductible up to $100 towards medications as well as a co-payment dispensing fee of up to $6.11 for each prescription.
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Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) & Ontario Works (OW)

ODSP & OW is available to individuals 18 years or older who demonstrate financial need & meets the program’s definition of a person with a disability. This program provides coverage of more than 4400 drug products & supplies with the provision of a drug card. You may need to pay an annual deductible & copayment for each prescription medication. Contact your local social services agency or health care provider to see if you qualify.
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Trillium Drug Benefit Program

The Trillium Drug Benefit is available to anyone whose prescription drug costs are high compared to their annual income & where no other coverage exists. This program provides coverage for most medications & supplies with the provision of a drug care. There is a deductible (determined by household income & number of people in the household) which must be paid every 3 months. Contact your local social services agency or health care provider to see if you qualify.
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Ontario Monitoring for Health Program (from Diabetes Canada)

Available to individuals who take insulin or have gestational diabetes & where no other coverage exists. This program will cover 75% of the cost of blood glucose monitoring strips up to a maximum of $920.00/year for individuals who use insulin. It will also cover 75% of the cost of a blood glucose meter up to a maximum of $75.00 once every 5 years.
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Insulin Syringes for Seniors (Assistive Devices Program – ADP)

Available to individuals 65 years or older who take insulin daily. Eligible individuals are provided with an annual grant of $170.00, paid out once per year, to be used for the purchase of needle tips and/or syringes to inject insulin.

Assistive Devices Program (ADP) for Insulin Pumps & Pump Supplies

Insulin pumps are 100% covered through ADP if you meet the necessary eligibility criteria. The ADP will also provide a grant of $2400.00 per year paid to you in $600.00 instalments every 3 months for the purchase of insulin pump supplies. This grant does not cover blood glucose monitoring strips, insulin, continuous glucose monitors or glucose sensors.
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