First Nations Health Resources
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada. In 2013, the FNHA assumed the programs, services, and responsibilities formerly handled by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region. The FNHA's vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC's First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.
Changes in Drug Benefits for FNHA Clients
On October 1, 2017 FNHA transitioned to PharmaCare as part of an overall plan to bring decision-making about health benefits closer to home and into the hands of First Nations. The FNHA PharmaCare plan will be a fully paid plan and BC PharmaCare will be the first payer for FNHA clients.
Key benefits of this transition include:
- Providing clients with increased ease of access to benefits and services.
A streamlined approvals process that reduces the number of steps needed for prescriptions approvals.
- Integrating benefits with the Province of BC to reduce confusion around navigating both federal and provincial services.
- A closer working partnership with PharmaCare, pharmacists, and physicians/nurse practitioners, all of whom have an interest in better outcomes for FNHA clients.
- FNHA will be better positioned to transform benefits to reflect the cultures and perspectives of BC First Nations and incorporate First Nations’ models of wellness.
- Over time, stronger relationships will be developed with providers to better coordinate benefits and fully integrate the program within a client’s circle of care.
Resources and additional information:
- FNHA Pharmacare Transition website
- FNHA communication update
- Komok's District Council letter regarding phamacare changes - steps needed to ensure first nations patients have the coverage they need for their medications
- Is there anything I need to do? poster for displaying in clinics
- Two-page information brochure for distribution through clinics