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Medcial Costs

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Medcial Costs

Post Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:14 pm

Hi there,

We are still in the process of doing as much ground work/research as possible before applying for PR.

One question we have (and this is probably the one to sway our decision!!) is... at the moment my father in law is on medication for his arthritis, they will hopefully follow us out via the family re-unification scheme. However, the one thing they are worried about is the cost of the medication. Over here it is free (well sort of apart from tax and national insurance) but not sure of the cost over in Canada, is there anywhere we could find prices of medicines in Ontario??? He is a pensioner so know he can still collect his pension but this possibly huge medical bill is a real sticking block.

Any help would be very very gratefully recieved.

Thanks guys

Andy

 

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:07 am

Andychg:

Send me a private email thru this forum, and tell me the names of the meds, and the daily dosage amounts. I'll go down to the local pharmacy and find out the current costs of the drugs. Ok ?

Jim B.

 

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:56 am

Jim,

You are a star thank you so very much but please do not go out of your way.

One thing he has to go to hospital for injections as well as his meds.

I will PM you tomorrow with the meds and the name of the injections he has to go into hospital for.

Thank you again

Andy

 

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:09 pm

Andychg :

You are most welcome.

The drug store is owned by a friend, and it is only about 300 meters down the road from where we live, so it is definitely not out of my way.

Here in Canada, the cost of prescription drugs are paid for in one of two ways. Direct cash payment, for those without private health insurance ( drugs are not covered by the Provincial health plan ) or by paying and getting a partial refund from a private insurance company. One such company is called Blue Cross. You could purchase coverage for him here.

For those who are over age 65, and who are on a fixed income ( pensioners ) there is a benefit program that results in low or no cost prescriptions, where the only cost is a set fee , paid to the pharmacy, as a dispensing fee. That runs about 2 GBP per issue. That program is not automatic, he will need to apply once he is in Canada,

As for injections, here that would be done in a Dcotors office, and that would be no charge, and covered by the Provincial health plan.

Does this help you ?

Jim B.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:50 am

Thanks once again Jim,

I have sent you a PM with his meds.

Andy

 

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