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B.C. families making less than $30k no longer have to pay prescription drug deductibles

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Families earning $30,000 to $45,000 now pay less for prescriptions

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A previously announced plan to eliminate prescription drug deductibles for low-income families in BC has gone into effect.

As of January 1st, families earning less than $30,000 no longer have to pay any deductibles for medication. Families making between $30,000 and $45,000 now pay less for their prescriptions.

Co-payments have also been eliminated for seniors aged 78 and older with incomes of up to $14,000 and for those earning less than $13,750.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix calls this a “long overdue step,” calling these changes “among the most progressive policy changes made to a provincial public drug plan in recent times.”

(Source: BC government)

The Fair PharmaCare changes were announced early last year.