Making your life easier with Pre-Coverage

Did you know Veterans Affairs Canada covers the cost of medical cannabis for certain pensioned conditions.  To learn more please visit www.spartannetwork.ca

From the time your prescription is sent to your License Holder (LH) of choice to when your coverage is approved by Medavie Blue Cross could take more than a month.  Leaving you with the possibility of not being fully covered for your entire medical cannabis prescription.

The process involves first getting your prescription from Spartan Wellness and then your prescription is sent off to your LH of choice.  When the LH gets your application they send it off to Medavie Blue Cross to get approval for coverage.  During this time you have the option to purchase your cannabis out of pocket and submit your receipts back to Medavie Blue Cross or wait.  Purchasing out of pocket can get fairly expensive and keeping receipts for submission is never fun.

Some LP’s offer you what is called “pre-coverage”, meaning the LH will cover the cost of your cannabis during the time that Medavie Blue Cross is making the decision, then they will submit the receipts on your behalf.  If you are going to be paying out of pocket, you have as far back as 18 months from date of purchase to submit receipts back to Veterans Affairs Canada / Medavie Blue Cross.

This benefit helps Veterans in many ways, the most important being ‘time’.  LH’s that offer pre-coverage help Veterans access their medicine right away.

Thankfully we have put together a list of LH’s that offer you pre-coverage to help you get access to your medication faster.  The below compilation is not recommendations, you should always do your own research into your preferred LH of choice.

Visit Spartan Wellness to learn more about medical cannabis treatment options and how pre-coverage applies to you.

The Pediatric Nausea Assessment Tool

Erin O’Shaughnessy, works as part of our prescribing staff where she helped write for this wonderful Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal article.  With this article it shows she is a highly respected and knowledgeable NP in her field and medical cannabis. It is by this association that Spartan Wellness continues to be the best place to learn and get a medical cannabis prescription.

Please have a read through and learn all about;

The Pediatric Nausea Assessment Tool: French Translation and Face Validity in Francophone Canadian Pediatric Oncology Patients.

INTRODUCTION Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) continue to negatively influence the quality of life of both adult and pediatric cancer patients (Dupuis et al., 2010; Farrell et al., 2013; Russo et al., 2014; Hinds et al., 2009; Sommariva et al., 2016). Vomiting and retching are symptoms that can be assessed objectively while nausea, a subjective symptom, is more difficult to quantify. Adult cancer patients can usually describe the severity of the nausea they feel using self-report visual analog or adjectival rating scales. Instruments such as the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Antiemesis Tool (available from www.mascc.org) have been validated for this purpose and are recommended by experts in the field (Hesketh et al., 2015).

Continue reading full study in the links provided below

English Version

French Version

If you are interested in learning about medical cannabis or getting a medical cannabis prescription through Spartan Wellness, please visit www.spartannetwork.ca