Cancer Drug Coverage, Funding and Reimbursement
Cancer drugs are typically paid for by the government, Ontario Health, or hospitals/cancer centres. There are different programs for drugs given in the hospital (e.g., IV chemotherapy) or taken at home (e.g., oral cancer drugs). Where a combination of hospital-administered and take-home cancer drugs are prescribed, your health care team may need to apply to multiple programs.
All First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous peoples living in Ontario can apply to any of Ontario’s cancer drug coverage programs.
A valid Ontario health card number is needed to apply.
Finding Drug Coverage
If you are a patient looking for drug coverage information, speak to your health care team for more information. Your doctor, pharmacist or hospital’s drug access navigator can help identify funding options for you. Your health care team may need to submit application forms and confirm that your drug is covered before your treatment begins.
If your drug is not covered by a public drug program:
- Check for coverage with your private insurance
- Check if the drug company offers a patient support program
- Ask your health care team about participating in a clinical trial
Ask your health care team about other therapies that may work well to treat your disease