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Regulatory amendments proposed for New Brunswick's Prescription Drug Payment Act

The provincial government is proposing changes to regulations that would allow beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program to be reimbursed for prescriptions filled out of the province.
The provincial government is proposing changes to regulations that would allow beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program to be reimbursed for prescriptions filled out of the province.

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The provincial government is proposing changes to regulations that would allow beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program to be reimbursed for prescriptions filled out of the province.

The proposed amendments are intended to modernize New Brunswick’s Prescription Drug Regulation 84-170 under the Prescription Drug Payment Act.

“Access to high-quality health care is important to New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “These amendments will ensure that beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program can be reimbursed for entitled benefits received while out of province.”

The proposed amendments will allow beneficiaries to receive reimbursements for prescriptions filled out of province at the amount the program would have paid for a prescription filled in-province.

“The New Brunswick Lung Association is pleased to see this amendment that will allow all beneficiaries of the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program to receive reimbursement for prescriptions filled out of province and at the amount the program would have paid for those prescriptions filled in-province,” said Barbara MacKinnon, president and CEO of the association. “This will also make life a little easier for our New Brunswick lung transplant patients living in Toronto.”

The draft regulations are posted online for public review for 28 days. The public has until Nov. 1 to visit the Public Review of Draft Regulations website to submit ideas and feedback. People may also submit feedback by emailing healthconsultationsante@gnb.ca or by faxing 506-444-5236.

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