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Veterans Health Care Regulations (SOR/90-594)

Regulations are current to 2024-04-01 and last amended on 2022-04-01. Previous Versions

PART IHealth Care Benefits

Treatment Benefits

  •  (1) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada or elsewhere in respect of a pensioned condition:

    • (a) a veteran pensioner;

    • (b) a civilian pensioner;

    • (c) a Red Cross pensioner; and

    • (d) a flying accident pensioner.

  • (2) A Newfoundland Special Award pensioner is eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada or elsewhere in respect of the disability for which they receive the award.

  • (3) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada or elsewhere in respect of a pensioned condition or a disability for which they are entitled to a disability award or entitled to pain and suffering compensation to the extent that those benefits are not available to them as a member or former member of the Canadian Forces:

    • (a) a special duty service pensioner;

    • (b) a military service pensioner; and

    • (c) a former member or a reserve force member.

  • (4) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada, for any health condition, to the extent that those benefits are not available to them as a member or former member of the Canadian Forces nor available as an insured service under a provincial health care system:

    • (a) a veteran pensioner or a civilian pensioner if the extent of their disability in respect of the aggregate of all of their disability assessments under the Pension Act and the Veterans Well-being Act is equal to or greater than 48%;

    • (b) a client referred to in subsection (1) or (2) who is seriously disabled; and

    • (c) a special duty service pensioner or a former member or reserve force member who is entitled to a disability award or pain and suffering compensation in respect of special duty service, if they are eligible to receive any of the veterans independence program services referred to in paragraphs 19(a), (b) and (e).

  • (5) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada, for any health condition, to the extent that those benefits are not available as an insured service under a provincial health care system:

    • (a) an income-qualified veteran;

    • (b) an income-qualified civilian;

    • (c) a client who is in receipt of adult residential care, intermediate care or chronic care in a contract bed;

    • (d) a client who is in receipt of the cost to them of intermediate care or chronic care under section 21.1 or 21.2;

    • (e) a Canada service veteran who is in receipt of chronic care in a community facility under subsection 22(2); and

    • (f) a client who is in receipt of chronic care in a community facility under section 22.1.

  • (6) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits in Canada, for any health condition, to the extent that those benefits are not available as an insured service under a provincial health care system:

    • (a) if they are eligible under section 15, 17 or 17.1 to receive any of the veterans independence program services referred to in paragraphs 19(a), (b) and (e) or are in receipt of those services under section 18:

      • (i) a veteran pensioner,

      • (ii) an overseas service veteran, and

      • (iii) [Repealed, SOR/2022-69, s. 2]

      • (iv) an overseas service civilian; and

    • (b) if they are eligible to receive any of the veterans independence program services referred to in paragraphs 19(a), (b) and (e):

      • (i) a civilian pensioner,

      • (ii) a prisoner of war who is entitled to basic compensation under subsection 71.2(1) of the Pension Act,

      • (iii) a Canada service veteran, and

      • (iv) a former member or a reserve force member who has received a detention benefit under Part 3 of the Veterans Well-being Act.

  • (7) If a client is hospitalized and they assert that hospitalization is required in respect of their pensioned condition, treatment benefits in respect of that hospitalization, in Canada or elsewhere, are deemed to be required in respect of the pensioned condition, for the period during which there is uncertainty as to whether the primary condition in respect of which the treatment benefits are required is the client’s pensioned condition.

 Treatment benefits consist of the following:

  • (a) any medical, surgical or dental examination or treatment provided by a health professional;

  • (b) the provision of any surgical or prosthetic device or any aid approved by the Minister, the maintenance of the device or aid and any home adaptation that is necessary to accommodate or facilitate its use;

  • (c) preventive health care approved by the Minister; and

  • (d) pharmaceuticals prescribed by a physician, dentist or other person authorized to prescribe pharmaceuticals under the laws in force in the province or the country where the pharmaceuticals are provided.

  • SOR/2001-157, s. 3
  •  (1) Where treatment benefits are provided in Canada, the rate at which the treatment benefits and any administrative costs related thereto are payable is

    • (a) where the treatment benefits are fully insured health services of the province in which they are provided, the rate established by the province for those services and costs;

    • (b) where the treatment benefits are not fully insured health services of the province in which they are provided and, in respect of that province, an association of health professionals has adopted a fee schedule for treatment benefits and costs, the rate that is approved by the Minister and that is based on that fee schedule; and

    • (c) in any other case, the rate normally paid for those treatment benefits and costs in the community in which the treatment benefits are provided.

  • (2) Where treatment benefits are provided in a country other than Canada, the rate at which the treatment benefits and any administrative costs related thereto are payable is

    • (a) the rate established for former members of the armed forces of that country for those treatment benefits and costs; or

    • (b) where no rate referred to in paragraph (a) is established, the lesser of the rate that would be payable to the client under subsection (1) if the client were resident in Ottawa, Ontario and the actual rate paid by the client for the treatment benefits and costs.

Supplementary Benefits

 A client who receives treatment benefits referred to in paragraph 4(a) or (b) under section 3 and a client referred to in paragraph 3(3)(a) or any of subsections 3(4) to (7) who receives those benefits as an insured service under a provincial health care system are eligible to receive supplementary benefits as follows:

  • (a) the costs of travel incurred by the client who travels to receive those treatment benefits;

  • (b) where the client’s health needs are such that the client needs to be accompanied by an escort on travel referred to in paragraph (a), the costs of travel incurred by that escort; and

  • (c) the remuneration of an escort referred to in paragraph (b), where that escort is not the spouse or common-law partner or a dependant of the client or any other member of the client’s household.

  • (d) [Repealed, SOR/95-440, s. 2]

  • SOR/95-440, s. 2
  • SOR/98-386, s. 3
  • SOR/2001-326, s. 14
  • SOR/2003-362, s. 3
  • SOR/2012-42, s. 2
  • SOR/2022-69, s. 3
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2), (2.1), (2.2) and (3), the costs of travel referred to in paragraphs 6(a) and (b) are payable in respect of a client who receives treatment benefits in Canada in respect of

    • (a) transportation by the most convenient and economical means of transportation appropriate to the condition of the client

      • (i) where the client is resident in Canada, between the client’s residence and the appropriate treatment centre nearest to that residence, and

      • (ii) where the client is resident in a country other than Canada, between the client’s point of entry into Canada and the appropriate treatment centre nearest to that point;

    • (b) transportation between the treatment centre and the accommodations referred to in paragraph (d);

    • (c) meals; and

    • (d) standard commercial sleeping accommodations that are conveniently located in respect of the treatment centre, or private accommodations.

  • (2) Where the means of transportation referred to in subparagraph (1)(a)(i) or (ii) is a taxi, $5.00 shall, subject to subsection 34(2), be deducted from the costs of travel for each trip.

  • (2.1) Where the means of transportation referred to in subparagraph (1)(a)(i) or (ii) is a private automobile other than a taxi, whether belonging to the client or otherwise, the costs of travel

    • (a) are payable at the rate established for employees of the public service of Canada in Appendix B of the Travel Directive of the National Joint Council, as amended from time to time, plus two cents per kilometre; and

    • (b) include the cost of parking while the client is at the treatment centre.

  • (2.2) The costs of travel referred to in subsections (1) and (2) are payable at the same rates, less any minimum rates that apply, as those established for employees of the public service of Canada in Appendices C and D of the Travel Directive of the National Joint Council, as amended from time to time.

  • (3) The costs of travel referred to in paragraphs 6(a) and (b) are payable, in respect of a client who receives treatment benefits in a country other than Canada and who is a resident of that country or who is in that country for a purpose other than seeking treatment, at the same rate and subject to the same conditions as the rate and conditions that are established for former members of the armed forces of that country for similar costs of travel or, where no such rate is established, at the rate that would be payable under subsection (1) if the client were resident in Canada.

  •  (1) The remuneration referred to in paragraph 6(c) is payable

    • (a) where the treatment benefits are provided in Canada, at a daily rate computed by dividing by 30 the sum of the basic pension and the additional pension for a spouse or common-law partner that are payable for a class 1 pension under Schedule I to the Pension Act, as adjusted in accordance with Part V of that Act; and

    • (b) where the treatment benefits are provided in a country other than Canada, at the same rate and subject to the same conditions as the rate and conditions that are established for former members of the armed forces of that country for such escorts or, where no such rate is established, at the rate referred to in paragraph (a).

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/95-440, s. 4]

  • SOR/95-440, s. 4
  • SOR/2001-326, s. 14

Treatment Allowances

 The following clients are eligible to receive a treatment allowance in respect of a period of acute care for a pensioned condition provided in a hospital or on an out-patient basis:

  • (a) veteran pensioners;

  • (b) civilian pensioners;

  • (c) military service pensioners or members who are entitled to a pension under the Pension Act for a disability related to military service that was not

    • (i) active service in World War I or World War II,

    • (ii) service in a theatre of operations, as that expression is defined in section 2 of the Veterans Benefit Act, or

    • (iii) special duty service, as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Pension Act;

  • (d) Red Cross pensioners;

  • (e) flying accident pensioners; and

  • (f) special duty service pensioners or members who are entitled to a pension under the Pension Act for a disability attributable to or incurred during special duty service, as defined in subsection 3(1) of that Act.

  • SOR/91-438, s. 3
  • SOR/2003-362, s. 13
  • SOR/2012-289, s. 3
  •  (1) A treatment allowance is payable at a rate that is equal to the difference between the monthly pension paid to the client, including any additional pension paid for a spouse or common-law partner or dependant of the client, and the amount that the client would receive were the client in receipt of a class 1 pension under Schedule I to the Pension Act.

  • (2) A treatment allowance is payable for a maximum of 60 days in any calendar year.

  • (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), the Minister may authorize the payment of a treatment allowance to a client for more than 60 days in a calendar year if a medical assessment indicates the client’s need for acute care.

  • SOR/2001-326, s. 14

 [Repealed, SOR/95-440, s. 5]

Miscellaneous Benefits

  •  (1) Where the Minister requests that a person undergo a medical examination in order to establish that person’s entitlement to any benefit, service or care, the person is eligible to receive

    • (a) reimbursement of the cost of the examination incurred by the person; and

    • (b) reimbursement of the costs of travel incurred by the person in respect of the examination, in accordance with section 7.

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/95-440, s. 6]

  • (2) Where the Veterans Review and Appeal Board requests that a person undergo a medical examination, the person is eligible to receive

    • (a) reimbursement of the cost of the examination incurred by the person;

    • (b) reimbursement of the costs of travel incurred by the person in respect of the examination, in accordance with section 7; and

    • (c) a treatment allowance payable in accordance with section 10 if the person is a client referred to in section 9 and is hospitalized in order to undergo the examination.

  • (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of a medical examination required under the Veterans Well-being Act.

  • (4) The following clients are eligible to receive treatment benefits and supplementary benefits for a period that is equal to the shorter of one year and the total period of service of the client:

    • (a) veteran pensioners, special duty service pensioners and military service pensioners, if they take a course of training under the Pensioners Training Regulations; and

    • (b) veteran pensioners whose war-related pensioned condition is blindness, if they take a course of rehabilitative training in respect of blindness.

  • SOR/91-438, s. 4
  • SOR/92-406, s. 3
  • SOR/95-440, s. 6
  • SOR/98-386, s. 4
  • SOR/2003-362, s. 13
  • SOR/2006-50, s. 75
  • SOR/2017-161, s. 10
 

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