Reimbursement Available for Veterans

Veterans entitled to a Veterans Affairs Canada Disability Pension, Disability Award, or Pain and Suffering Compensation are eligible for the cost of treatment for their disability benefits entitled condition. Veterans Affairs Canada may reimburse an eligible Veteran for the purchase of cannabis for medical purposes, when the healthcare practitioner’s authorization is in accordance with Health Canada’s Cannabis Regulations.

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The maximum daily reimbursement limit is 3 grams per day of dried cannabis or the equivalent in fresh cannabis or cannabis oil at a maximum rate of $8.50 per gram.

Veterans Affairs Canada only reimburses the purchase of cannabis for medical purposes when the product is purchased from a federal licensed seller (with the exception of seeds and plants).

Veterans Affairs Canada, requires the following documents to confirm the Veteran meets the requirements of Health Canada’s Cannabis Regulations for the purposes of determining entitlement for reimbursement:

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Copy of the medical document completed by the health care practitioner; and

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Copy of the completed and confirmed registration document issued by a federal licensed seller.

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Veterans Affairs Canada will only accept authorization from one health care practitioner at a time.

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More than one authorization may be considered, but the authorizations must be from the same health care practitioner.

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Eligible forms of cannabis include all forms that are authorized by Schedule 4 of Health Canada’s Cannabis Act for sale by federal licensed sellers (with the exception of seeds and plants).

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Veterans Affairs Canada does not reimburse the purchase of cannabis for medical purposes when the Veteran purchases cannabis outside Canada.

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Reimbursement for the purchase of a vaporizer may be authorized for eligible Veterans. Only the Mighty Medic and the Volcano Medic vaporizers are currently eligible. The purchase must be pre-authorized and prescribed by a health care practitioner. Veterans Affairs Canada may consider other “equipment” when the device is medically beneficial.

Exceptional Approval of More than 3 Grams

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Reimbursement may be authorized for more than 3 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent when confirmation is received from the treating physician that the Veteran is palliative. In end of life situations, documentation is not required from a medical specialist.

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When authorization of cannabis for medical purposes is for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), validation of the diagnosis from the attending physician will be required.

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In all cases, other than the circumstances as noted above, requests for reimbursement of more than 3 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent must be accompanied by additional documentation from a medical specialist. The required documentation from the medical specialist must clearly state: the rationale for the use of more than 3 grams per day; there are no contraindications to the use of cannabis; and alternative treatments were found to be ineffective or contraindicated.  When authorization of cannabis for medical purposes is for chronic pain, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist in the area of the treatment of chronic pain. When authorization of cannabis for medical purposes is for a psychiatric condition(s), additional documentation will be required from a psychiatrist. When both chronic pain and a psychiatric condition are present, additional documentation will be required from either a medical specialist in the treatment of chronic pain or a psychiatrist.

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For any other health conditions, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist with expertise in the diagnosed condition, including but not limited to chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, wasting syndrome, or loss of appetite in AIDS and cancer patients.