Cancer can be expensive to treat and manage. In a literature review conducted by the Canadian Cancer Society in 2010, findings showed that most of the costs incurred by patients and their families were traced back to travelling expenses, out-of-pocket costs, and cancer drugs and prescription medicines. This section is meant to provide financial aid and resources specific to cancer patients and their families residing in Alberta.

Alberta drug benefit list

Alberta drug benefit list is the formulary for prescription medicines and cancer drugs available under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

Financial aid available through the provincial Alberta government and other aid organizations:

  • Alberta seniors benefit – The Alberta Seniors Benefit program is an income-based program that provides a monthly cash benefit and determines Alberta Health Insurance premium exemptions for eligible seniors.
  • Special needs assistance for seniors – The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program is an income-based program that provides a lump-sum cash payment to lower-income seniors facing financial difficulties.
  • Assured income for the severely handicapped – Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) provides financial and health benefits for adult Albertans who have a permanent disability that severely impairs their ability to earn a living. The level of benefits depends on income and assets. The maximum living allowance is $1000 per month, and additional benefits (personal income support benefits) may be provided to meet clients’ special needs.
  • Alberta aids to daily living – The Alberta Aids to Daily Living program helps Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness to maintain their independence at home, in lodges or group homes by providing financial assistance to buy medical equipment and supplies. An assessment by a health care professional determines the equipment and supplies that an Albertan can receive through this program.
  • Income support – Income Support from Alberta Human Resources and Employment provides financial benefits to individuals and families who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter.

Some individuals may also be eligible for the Financial Assistance program provided by the Canadian Cancer Society. To find out more information about the program click here.