The NIHB Program is a national program designed to help First Nations people achieve overall health status comparable to that of Canadians. The NIHB Program is also designed to help individuals maintain their health, prevent disease, detect and manage disease, injury and disability.
The NIHB Program must provide enforceable coverage for a limited range of medically necessary goods and services to status First Nations people. It can cover the costs of some or all medical, dental and pharmaceutical services that eligible First Nations members may require.
The NIHB Program may provide medically necessary goods and services when not covered by provincial health insurance plans or other third parties. Third-party health plans are usually provided by private insurance companies for a premium paid by the purchaser. NIHB Program benefits and services are often coordinated with other insured health care programs offered in Ontario.
The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program provides benefit coverage to approximately 176,400 First Nations people in Ontario. These benefits include: Drugs, dental care, medical supplies and equipment, medical transportation, eye and vision care, short-term crisis intervention mental health counseling, and out-of-Canada health benefits.