When you or someone you love is first diagnosed with liver disease, you have a lot of questions about what to expect, how to cope and where to get help.
Throughout our website, you will find a wealth of resources and information that will help answer your questions. Below we have also included information to address some of the most common questions we receive and have added links to tools that will assist you in managing your care and treatment.
Note: The information links below have been chosen based on their content, source and potential usefulness for our site visitors and are provided here as a public service with regard to health-related issues. However, the Canadian Liver Foundation assumes no responsibility for any information on these sites and the inclusion of a link on this page does not constitute an endorsement of any sponsoring organization or individual by the Canadian Liver Foundation.
How are medications approved in Canada? Why do some provinces cover drugs when others won’t?
How can I pay for my medication?
How do I manage my medication? ‘Knowledge is the Best Medicine’ program
How do I navigate the health care system? The “How to” Health Guide
Canadian Biliary Atresia Registry 'Resources for Patients and Parents'
Private health insurance or drug plans – if you have private health insurance or a drug plan at work, you may be able to have the medication paid through your plan. Please consult your private health insurance or drug plan provider to see if your drug is covered.
Publicly funded drug plans – each province and territory has their own rules. Some provincial drug plans provide coverage for individuals 65 and older, or those on social assistance. Some provinces (e.g. Ontario) provide special support to low income individuals. Please call your Provincial Ministry or Department of Health to get more information about the terms of the publicly funded drug plan in your province. (see links on page 13 of the “How To Health Guide”)
Quebec public drug program – In Quebec, everyone must be covered by prescription drug insurance either through private or publicly funded plans.Pharmaceutical companies
• Alberta (Prescription Drug Programs)
• British Columbia (Pharmacare)
• Manitoba (Pharmacare Program)
• New Brunswick (Prescription Drug Program)
• Newfoundland (Pharmaceutical Services)
• Northwest Territories (Drug coverage)
• Nova Scotia (Pharmacare)
• Nunavut (Drug coverage)
• Ontario (Drug Benefit Program)
• Prince Edward Island (Drug Cost Assistance Programs)
• Quebec (Prescription Drug Insurance)
• Saskatchewan (Drug Plan)
• Yukon (Insured Health)
Knowledge is the best medicine (KiBM) is a program that helps you take control of your health and work with your prescriber and the rest of your healthcare team to manage your medicines safely and appropriately. This program is supported by leading health organizations in Canada who believe that an educated patient is a healthier patient.
KIBM products will enable you and your family to:
• Keep an up-to-date medication list with you at all times
• Communicate your medication/health related needs at each point of contact with the healthcare system
• Easily access medication/health related information
To learn more about ‘Knowledge is the best medicine’, click here.
If you, or someone you love and care for, are trying to find health services support or information for an illness or disease, there are actions you can take to help get the best possible health care. The Health Charities Coalition of Canada has prepared a ‘How To “ Health Guide that can help you::
• Understand the health care system
• Find the information and services you need
• Talk with your doctor or health care provider
• Ask for a second opinion
• Manage your condition
• Pay for your medication
• Participate in a clinical trial
• Advocate and ask for the support you need
To download The “How to” health guide, click here