About the Health Benefits Program


Program Goals | Partnerships | Client Satisfaction Survey | Contacts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program​​ Goals

The goal of the Health Benefits Program is to cover medically necessary items, services and travel that:

• address first nations peoples’ unique health needs
• respect first nations’ cultures and values
• ensure the program is available for future generations
• close the health gap between first nations and non-first nations in BC
• focus on wellness and prevention instead of only treating sickness
• are based on professional judgement, best practices, and evidence-based care

For complete information about the program, see the Health Benefits Guide (updated September 2019).


Health Benefits provides benefit coverage through partnerships with Pacific Blue Cross (PBC), BC PharmaCare, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and First Nations bands and organizations. These partnerships help us offer you a convenient way to access your benefits. 

Pacific Blue​ Cross (PBC)

Health Benefits has partnered with PBC to deliver the following benefits: 

• dental
• vision care
• medical supplies and equipment (MS&E)
• some pharmacy items

You can find out what items and services are covered on the Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) website.

For more information, see our Pacific Blue Cross page. 

BC Pha​​rmaCare

Health Benefits has partnered with BC PharmaCare to offer PharmaCare Plan W to First Nations people living in BC. Plan W covers prescription drugs and over-the-counter items. You can find out what items and services are covered by searching the BC PharmaCare Formulary. For help using the formulary, see the video How to search for a medication on the PharmaCare Formulary

For more information, see our Pharmacy Benefit page. 

Indigenous Servi​​ces Canada (ISC)

Health Benefits is partnered with ISC to offer comprehensive mental health coverage to status and non-status individuals. 

For more information, see our Mental Health Benefit page. 

First Nations Organ​izations 

Health Benefits has funding agreements with many First Nations bands and organizations to allow communities to deliver some benefits directly at the community level. To increase First Nations’ self-determination, many communities manage their medical transportation benefit, and some communities manage their mental health benefit. 

For more information, see our Medical Transportation Benefit and Mental Health Benefit pages.

Client Satisfac​tion Survey

We want to hear from you about your experience with FNHA Health Benefits. If you would like to share your feedback with us, please take a few minutes to fill out our client satisfaction survey.

Feedback we receive will help us understand your experience of accessing FNHA Health Benefits. We will use this information to improve the quality of our services.

Download the survey
Survey FAQs

 Health Benefits Contacts

Please do not hesitate to​ contact us if you have any questions about your benefits.

Phone, Email, Fax
Phone (toll-free): 1-855-550-5454
Email: healthbenefits@fnha.ca
Fax: 1-888-299-9222
Web: Benefits ​

Mailing Address
540 – 757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1 

In-Person Enquiries
701 – 1166 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3Z3

Community Relations Team
Fraser Salish Region: James Delorme | Phone: 778-684-1886
Interior Region: Joyce Kenoras | Phone: 250-318-6634
Northern Region: Lindsey Larsen | Phone: 250-960-9201
Vancouver Coastal Region: Jenny Smith | Phone: 604-693-6588
Vancouver Island Region: Vacant 
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