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Service Description

Provides medically-necessary coverage of medical supplies and equipment for eligible First Nations and Inuit people in Canada.

Program covers items that are included on the NIHB medical supplies and equipment benefit list. These items must be:

  • prescribed by a health professional, such as a physician
  • provided by a supplier who is eligible to deliver the specific medical supplies or equipment.

Medical supplies and equipment benefits include:

  • pressure garments
  • medical supplies, such as:
    • dressings
    • bandages
  • medical equipment, such as:
    • walkers
    • wheelchairsorthotics and custom footwear
  • prosthetics like an artificial leg
  • oxygen supplies and equipment
  • respiratory supplies and equipment
  • audiology benefits, such as hearing aids and their repair.


The program provides eligible clients with coverage for benefits not otherwise available under federal, provincial, territorial or private health insurance.

An eligible client must be a resident of Canada and any of the following:
-a First Nations person who is registered under the Indian Act (commonly referred to as a status Indian);
-an Inuk recognized by an Inuit land claim organization; or
-a child less than 18 months old whose parent is a registered First Nations person or a recognized Inuk.

Application Process

Most items must be approved in advance by the NIHB regional office before they are distributed by an NIHB provider. You will need to show client identification in order for providers to bill the program directly.

Medical supplies and equipment benefits are covered in accordance with program policies. Benefit coverage details are provided in the Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits.

Exceptions are items which are not listed in the NIHB medical supplies and equipment benefit list. These may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


No cost.

Toll-Free: 1-866-885-3933

Saskatchewan Non-Insured Health Benefits

Service Website



Coverage Area


Languages Offered

French, English

Online Resources

Mailing Address

Address Locator 0900C2
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K9

Location Info

Fax: 613-941-5366

TTY: 1-800-465-7735

Service Canada

Toll-Free: 1-866-225-0709

Business Line: 613-957-2991



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