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BC Contraceptives Program

Effective April 1, 2023, British Columbia residents will be eligible for FREE contraceptive products (some restrictions apply).

Patient information: Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) Free contraceptives

What’s covered?

  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)

  • IUDs – hormonal and copper

  • Hormone implant

  • Hormone injection

  • Emergency oral contraceptives (morning-after pill)

** NOTE: Some brands or products are only partially covered.  Speak to one of our pharmacists for details. **

What’s not covered?

  • Barrier contraceptives – condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, sponges

    • Condoms are often available for free at sexual health clinics

  • Rings and patches – only covered by plan W (First Nations Health Benefits)

Who is eligible?

Residents of BC with current MSP coverage and a BC Services Card

How does it work?

  • Patient must present a prescription from a doctor and their BC Services card

  • For emergency oral contraception – present BC Services card to a pharmacist

  • Emergency oral contraception must be entered into your Pharmacare profile by a pharmacist for coverage but no prescription required

  • Private insurance may be used as second payer for partially covered products

  • If your current product is not fully covered, speak to a pharmacist to ask about changing to a generic or alternative product

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