About the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program

Find out about the program, and who and what is covered.

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About the program

Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program provides coverage for a specified range of medically necessary health-related goods and services. This program is for eligible First Nations and Inuit clients who are not covered through other:

  • social programs
  • private insurance plans
  • provincial or territorial health insurance

What the program covers

The program provides coverage for the following medically necessary goods and services:

Benefit claims

You will need to show client identification in order for providers to bill the program directly.

We encourage providers to enrol with the program in order to submit claims directly so clients avoid covering upfront costs.

Some health service providers bill the program directly through Express Scripts Canada. This website provides information on the claims administration and payment processes for providers of:

  • dental
  • pharmacy
  • medical supplies and equipment

Where a client does pay, the program accepts claims using the client reimbursement process.

Vision care and mental health providers can contact the NIHB regional office if they need more information. Medical transportation is also managed by the regional office.

A First Nations or Inuit community, self-government, or health authority may be responsible for providing some or all NIHB benefits.

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