In May 2017, it was announced that the NIHB program was going to cover the costs for Mifegymiso for eligible First Nations and Inuit individuals.
In every province and territory, regardless of whether universal cost coverage plans have been implemented by the government, those with coverage under NIHB are eligible to receive Mifegymiso free of cost. The only exception is British Columbia, where those who were previously covered by NIHB are now covered by BC PharmaCare and so, get the medication free of cost under that program instead.
Barriers to Access
We encourage the government to:
While Action Canada views the NIHB’s cost coverage of Mifegymiso as a step in the right direction, it is crucial that beyond covering the costs of medical abortion, the federal government takes all the steps necessary to address what fundamentally impacts the health of Indigenous peoples and all barriers that compromise access to high quality and comprehensive health care.
1. Ensure the equitable, easy and timely access to comprehensive package of reproductive and sexual health services, including abortion services, for all Indigenous people, many of them residing in rural and remote communities and therefore, requiring different strategies and financial investment to access the same high quality of care.
2. Implement the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.
3. Mandate cultural safety training for all people associated with the delivery of health care services.
4. Ensure the appropriate and timely funding of health care services delivered via the FNIHB so people can access all services available to people covered by provincial and territorial health insurance.
5. Support the creation of Indigenous directed, and Indigenous-led health and health related services.
6. Support the efforts to increase the number of Indigenous health care providers.
7. Support the employment of specialized roles such as Indigenous patient navigators to serve as a bridge between Indigenous patients and the health care system serving them.