Residents qualifying for the federal Guaranteed Income Supplements (GIS) and the Seniors' Income Plan (SIP) in Saskatchewan also receive health benefits.
Guaranteed Income Supplement
Canadians 65 and older must apply for this federal government program and meet the criteria.
For these people, the following health benefits are available:
- If living in the community, the semi-annual deductible for prescription drugs is $200, with a 35 per cent co-payment thereafter;
- If residing in a special care home, the semi-annual deductible is $100 for prescription drugs with a 35 per cent co-payment thereafter; and
- Residents may be eligible for additional drug coverage through the Special Support Program.
Seniors' Income Plan
Saskatchewan residents 65 and older who have been accepted for the Guaranteed Income Supplement automatically qualify for the Seniors' Income Plan (formerly the Saskatchewan Income Plan), based on their Guaranteed Income Supplement level. The following health benefits are available to those who qualify for SIP:
- One free eye examination each year;
- Up to 12 chiropractic services per year;
- Reduced deductible on prescription drugs;
- Home care subsidy;
- Loan of some low-cost devices through Saskatchewan Abilities Council; and
- Supplementary health benefits for Seniors' Income Plan recipients living in special care homes.
Contact for more information about Seniors' Income Plan:
Eligibility, income levels, how to apply:
Toll free 1-800-667-7161
Health benefits, including prescription drugs, and chiropractic coverage:
Toll free 1-800-667-7581
In Regina 787-3317
Eye exams and chiropractic coverage: