Today I want to talk to the constituents of Peace River North about a program for British Columbians
called Fair PharmaCare. I have talked to many seniors and others in the community who are unaware of
the details about Fair PharmaCare, so I will try to explain the details here.
Fair Pharmacare assists families with the costs of prescription medication. Under the program,
families pay full prescription costs until a level known as a deductible is reached. Once you reach your
deductible, PharmaCare begins assisting you with your eligible costs for the rest of the year.
Everybody in B.C. is eligible for Fair PharmaCare, but you must apply to receive the benefits. The
deductible and the maximum amount that you will have to pay for prescription medication are based on
your family’s net income.
There is no deductible at all for families with a net income of less than $15,000 per year; there is a
deductible of 2% of net income for families that earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per year; and there
is a deductible of 3% of net income for families that make over $30,000 per year.
There is also an enhanced Fair PharmaCare program for families with family members born before
1940. For these families, there is no deductible for any families with a net income of less than $33,000
per year, a deductible of 1% of net income for families that earn $33,000 to $50,000 per year, and a
deductible of 2% of net income for families that make over $50,000 per year.
There are also maximum amounts that families pay for medication. Again, this amount is based on net
family incomes. On the regular Fair PharmaCare program, the maximum amount is 2% of net income for
families that earn less than $15,000 per year, 3% of net income for those who earn between $15,000
and $30,000 per year, and 4% of net income for those who make over $30,000 per year.
The enhanced PharmaCare program has maximum amounts as well. These maximums are 1.25% of
net income for families who make less than $33,000 per year, 2% of net income for those who earn
between $33,000 and $50,000, and 3% of net income for those who make $50,000 or more per year.
Fair PharmaCare ensures that no family in British Columbia pays more than 4% of their net family
income for eligible drug costs.
I know this is a little confusing with lots of details and numbers, but the important message I want the
people of Peace River North to hear is that we do have a program to help you with your prescription
drug purchases. Our office would be more than happy to explain the program to you in more detail.
Pat Pimm-MLA, Peace River North