Non-Insured Health Benefits Program


The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada provides a range of medically necessary goods and services to eligible First Nations (including registered Indians under the terms of The Indian Act) and recognized Inuit clients in Canada. These goods and services, which include prescription medications, supplement benefits provided through other private, federal, provincial and territorial healthcare programs.

Program Information, Eligibility, Benefits, Contact Information
To view a provider kit which gives toll-free telephone numbers for general information, client eligibility, benefit eligibility, billing and payment, FNIHB Regional Office Directory, and a complete manual on the NIHB Program click here.

Prescription Drug Benefits, Exception Drug Requests
The Program publishes a Drug Benefit List of the drugs that have been approved for coverage by the NIHB Program. The listed drugs are those primarily used in a home or ambulatory setting. Appendix A lists Limited Use Benefits and Criteria. Appendix B is the Special Formulary for Chronic Renal Failure Patients.

For a document on the Drug Benefit List click here

Drugs that are not listed in the Drug Benefit List may be approved in special circumstances upon receipt of a completed "Exception Drugs Request Form" from the attending physician or dentist. To view a document that includes an explanation of the exception drugs request process for prior approval click here.

Don't know the DIN of your medication?
If you want to find out the drug identification number (DIN) for a certain medication, click on the button below, select the DIN button and type in the drug name

DIN, Product Search

NIHB Reimbursement Form
For a copy of a NIHB Reimbursement Form, information on how to complete it and instructions on where to submit it click here.