Access to affordable medication can be a challenge for patients living on a limited income. However, there are ways a patient can reduce cost, especially when authorized to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. If cost is an issue, be sure to mention this important factor to your counsellor, so that they may assist you in choosing the right licensed producer for your budget.
Most licensed producers now have compassionate pricing programs in place and offer discounts to patients meeting certain criteria. Eligibility requirements differ from company to company.
Medical cannabis does not yet have a DIN (Drug Identification Number), however many patients have been able to offset costs with coverage, especially if your provider offers a "Health Care Spending Account". Be sure to speak with your insurance provider to see if your plan offers coverage.
Going the medical route:
Medical cannabis is often a much more cost-effective option, often being lower in price than most legal recreational cannabis.
Medical Expense - Income Tax Claims:
Patients may also submit invoices for cannabis as well as certain vapourizers at tax time, for reimbursement as a medical expense.