A palliative care patient is a person who:
- Has a terminal illness with a life expectancy measured in months;
- Does not have appropriate treatment options to cure their illness or to prolong their life; and
- Requires care to improve or maintain their quality of life, including managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and stress.
To apply for drug coverage:
- Your physician must submit a completed Request for Palliative Care Drug Coverage Form in order to register a patient for this program.
- Upon receipt of a signed Request for Palliative Care Drug Coverage Form, the Drug Plan generates notification letters to the patient.
- You will still require a separate physician request for any drugs listed under the Exception Drug Status Program. Go to the Exception Drug Status page for details.
- Palliative care drug coverage is routinely backdated 30 days from the date the form is received by the Drug Plan. In certain cases where a patient is eligible for coverage but application is not made, the Drug Plan will consider backdating at the physician's request.