How much do services cost?
There is no fee for the following Home and Community Care services:
Publicly Subsidized Services
A publicly subsidized service means that Island Health covers some or all of the services fees. Publicly subsidized services include:
If you need subsidized services, a financial assessment will be done to determine the amount you will pay. Your home health professional can complete the financial assessment with you and your family if you wish.
The financial assessment is based on your after-tax income. Your assets are not included in this assessment.
Fees may change yearly. Please check with your home health professional for the current client rate.
Read more about assessment.
There may be a cost for some equipment or supplies:
- Medication costs are not covered by Home and Community Care.
- You may need to rent or buy equipment such as walkers, bath seats, wheelchairs, and dressing supplies.
Help covering your costs
Depending on your situation, some or all of your costs might be covered by an alternate payer, such as:
- Fair Pharmacare
- Veterans Affairs Canada
- WorkSafe BC
- Ministry of Housing and Social Development
- Insurance Corporation of BC
- Extended Health Benefits Plan
- First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- BC Palliative Care Benefits Program
Temporary rate reductions are available for eligible clients experiencing serious financial hardship.