Health Benefits Program: First Nations Health Authority

Provides coverage to eligible First Nations persons for health goods and services in the following benefit areas: Dental, Medical Supplies & Equipment, Medical Transportation, Mental Health Crisis Intervention, MSP Payments, Pharmacy and Vision.

Eligibility includes all of the following criteria:

  • A First Nations person with a Canadian status number OR a child under 1 year of age of a First Nations person with a Canadian status number;
  • A resident of British Columbia, as defined by BC’s Medical Service Plan (resided in BC for at least 3 months - not as a student) and having active Medical Services Plan coverage;
  • Not covered under any other benefits provided by the Federal Government or First Nations organization through self-government or land claims agreements.

Inuit and non-BC resident First Nations using health services in BC are covered though Health Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. Call 1-800-232-7301 for more information or contact the First Nations Health Authority which will transfer the call to Health Canada.

For detailed information  phone or go to the website, which also includes information for health care providers .

Note: For Dental Claims: Call: 1-888-321-5003;   For all other Claims: Call: 1-800-317-7878 and have Status card and CareCard numbers available.

Address / Contact Info

Health Benefits Programs, First Nations Health Authority Mailing Address
701 - 1166 Alberni Street Coast Salish Territory Vancouver, BCV6E 1A5
Mailing address:
501-100 Park Royal South

Coast Salish Territory
West Vancouver
V7T 1A2

Phone Numbers

General Inquiries : 1-855-550-5454
Claims : 1-800-317-7878
Fax (toll-free) : 1-888-299-9222

Service Details

Geographic areas served: Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Salmo, Trail

Web Links

This program was last updated on 25 Apr 2019.