Benefits information

The First Nations Health Authority is pleased to release the first edition First Nations Health Benefits Information Package. This publication has essential and informative information about the First Nations Health Benefits program including principles, coverage, workflow for claims, appeals information, frequently asked questions, contact information and more.

This document intends to assist First Nations Health Benefits clients in navigating the system in an easy and convenient way. Information within covers the health benefits areas of dental, medical supplies and equipment, medical transportation, mental health, MSP, pharmacy, vision care, travel, general, and more.

Read, download and share the First Nations Health Benefits Information Package here.


Benefit Types
Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) provided through Health Canada currently include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, medical supplies and equipment, short-term crisis counselling, dental care, vision care, and medical transportation.

> Find more information about coverage for quitting tobacco products here.

> Find more information about Mental Health Counselling Services here.

> Find the Health Canada Drug Benefit List (2016), excluded drugs and Benefit Update information here.

Benefit Updates


Learn more about Health Canada's criteria for benefit inclusion here.

Basic Medical Coverage: MSP

MSP is the provincial government program that provides basic medical benefits. For example, MSP pays for medically required services of physicians and surgeons. All residents of B.C. are required to enrol with MSP. 

Prior to July 2, 2013, MSP premiums for First Nations residents (with Status Cards) in BC were enrolled through Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. 

On July 2nd, 2013 the FNHA assumed responsibility for these payments and became MSP group administrator for eligible First Nations residing in BC. The FNHA now enrols and administers MSP under the B.C. First Nations Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance.

At this time, eligibility extended to include all Status Indians who are residents of BC (excluding persons who receive health benefits by way of a First Nations organization pursuant to self-government agreements with Canada). Eligible BC First Nations currently receiving health benefits through Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program living in BC should already be enrolled. First Nations clients that have their MSP premiums paid by their employer, or through another source, are encouraged to contact the Regional office (1.800.317.7878) to ensure they are on or added to the FNHA Eligibility List.
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