Anyone on the Special Drug Program has until the end of April before they will have to pay a deductible for their medication.
The program was created in 1968, to subsidy those with severe medical conditions, that have a higher drug cost.
Once Pharmacare was established in 1996, those people on the Special Drug Program were grandfathered into the original program.
Approximately 1100 Manitobans will now have to pay a deductible, based on their income.
The Director for Manitoba Health feels it’s only fair that everyone have to pay the Pharmacare deductible, and that the program was created for back in the day, when high drug costs were rare.