VANCOUVER, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of NationalDefence, today announced a new reimbursement policy on cannabis for medical purposes. The new policy establishes a reimbursement limit of three grams per day of cannabis for medical purposes sold by licensed producers or the equivalent value in
There will also be an exceptional circumstances process for Veterans authorized for more than three grams per day that will ensure their health and well-being through consultation with relevant medical specialists.
Consistent with how the Department administers its other health care benefits, a rate of up to $8.50 per gram has been established. The rate will ensure that what Veterans are charged, and the Department reimburses, is a fair market value price.
To inform the new reimbursement policy, Veterans Affairs Canada conducted a review of the guidelines and procedures relating to the reimbursement of cannabis. The Department consulted with Veterans, stakeholders, medical experts and licensed producers. The Cannabis for Medical Purposes reimbursement policy balances anecdotal evidence from Veterans and stakeholders with current available evidence. The health and well-being of Veterans is at the forefront of this new approach.
"In March of 2016, I was surprised to learn that Veterans Affairs Canada did not have a policy on marijuana for medical purposes. I tasked my department with reviewing marijuana for medical purposes and this new reimbursement policy is the result. We consulted with Veterans, their advocates, stakeholders, medical experts and reviewed existing research on using marijuana for medical purposes and developed a balanced policy. This policy has the health and well-being of Veterans and their families at its heart. Veterans Affairs will continue to monitor developments in the field of marijuana for medical purposes and as new information becomes available we will be flexible, adapt and adjust as required." The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence
Reference:* College of Family Physicians of Canada. Authorizing Dried Cannabis for Chronic Pain or Anxiety: Preliminary Guidance from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Mississauga, ON: CFPC; 2014.
A technical briefing on Veterans Affairs Canada' new reimbursement policy for Cannabis for Medical Purposes will be available to members of the media at 2:00 pm ET. Media wishing to take part in the technical briefing can contact VAC Media Relations for more details.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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