About the Non-Insured Health Benefits program

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

On this page

About the program

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program provides eligible First Nations and Inuit clients with coverage for a range of health benefits that are not covered through other:

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:

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.

Working with partners

The NIHB program works with First Nations and Inuit partner organizations at the national and regional levels to share program and benefit information, identify areas for improvement and obtain input and guidance.

Indigenous Services Canada is working with the Assembly of First Nations on a joint review of the NIHB program.

Annual reports

Related links

Did you find what you were looking for?

What was wrong?

You will not receive a reply. Don't include personal information (telephone, email, SIN, financial, medical, or work details).
Maximum 300 characters

Thank you for your feedback

Date modified: