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What expenses are covered by a Health Care Spending Account?

Posted Sep 26th, 2016 in Build a better plan, Health Care Spending Accounts

Our Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) covers all expenses performed or prescribed by a medical practitioner.

The HCSA covers all expenses that are eligible for what Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deems as eligible medical expenses. Note that if you receive an HCSA reimbursement for an expense, you cannot also claim the CRA Medical Tax Credit for the same expense.


Prescription drugs

  • Prescription drugs
  • Other pharmaceuticals (if not through the drug card)

Dental care

  • Basic & supplementary services
  • Major services
  • Extensive Major
  • Orthodontics

Vision care

  • Eye Exams
  • Eye Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Clinical Needs
  • Laser eye surgery

A full list of eligible expenses can be found on the CRA website.

Paramedical services

  • Acupuncture
  • Audiology
  • Chiropodist
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology

Extended health care

  • Ambulance
  • Employee assistance
  • Hospital
  • Plastic surgery (non-cosmetic)
  • Private duty nursing

Medical supplies & services

  • Artificial eye or limb
  • Assisted breathing device
  • Baby breathing monitor
  • Blood coagulation monitors
  • Limb braces
  • Crutches
  • Electrolysis
  • Needles & syringes
  • Pacemakers
  • Spinal brace
  • Wheelchairs & carriers
  • Extremity pumps
  • Hearing aids
  • Heart monitoring devices
  • Infusion pump
  • Injection pen (such as insulin pen)
  • Kidney machine
  • Laboratory procedures or services
  • In vitro fertility program
  • Organ transplant
  • Orthopedic shoes, boots, inserts
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Vaccines
  • Walking aids
  • Wigs

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