Nurses Recommending Medical Supplies and Equipment under the Non-insured Health Benefits Program

In order to improve access to benefits, the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program allows a recommendation from an RN to be accepted for a defined list of medical supplies and equipment. This includes items in the following categories: bathing and toileting aids, dressing aids, feeding aids, transfer aids, walking aids, incontinence, ostomy and catheter supplies, wound care supplies and breast prostheses. We developed this Q&A in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada to help nurses understand their accountabilities and scope of practice as it relates to this policy change.

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