This program is designed to help Ontarians with diabetes who use insulin or have gestational diabetes, and have no coverage for their diabetes testing supplies.

Date & Time

Ongoing


Program overview

The Monitoring for Health Program helps Ontario residents who use insulin or have gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) pay for the cost of their blood sugar testing supplies. The program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and administered by Diabetes Canada.

Who is eligible for this program?

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • be an Ontario resident with a valid Ontario health card;
  • use insulin or have gestational diabetes; and
  • have no other coverage for the supplies being claimed (e.g. group health plan, private insurance, Trillium Drug Program, ODSP, etc.)
Note: Your first claim form to the program must be signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner to confirm insulin use or gestational diabetes.

What supplies does the program cover?

  • Blood glucose test strips
  • Lancets (used to prick your finger to draw blood)
  • Blood glucose meters
  • Talking blood glucose meters (letter from doctor required to confirm visual impairment)

Senior 65 years of age or older, social assistance recipients and Trillium Drug Program clients can only submit to the program for reimbursement of lancets and blood glucose meters. Test strips for these client groups are covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program.

Please note: The program does not cover pen needles or syringes.

How much does the program cover?

  • Strips and lancets: 75% reimbursement up to a maximum of $920 per year. This means that you can submit up to $ 1227 in receipts for strips and lancets each year; the program will reimburse 75% ($920).
  • Blood glucose meter: 75% reimbursement up to a maximum of $75, once every 5 years
  • Talking blood glucose meter: 75% reimbursement up to a maximum of $300, once every 5 years; for visually-impaired clients only; letter from doctor required to confirm visual impairment

How does the program work?

There are two ways to submit a claim to the program:

Option A

  • Complete the claim form in full.  If this is your first claim to the program, you must have the form signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner to confirm insulin use or gestational diabetes.
  • Purchase your supplies at an Ontario pharmacy. Be sure to keep the receipts.
  • Mail your completed claim form AND receipts to the program address listed at the top of the claim form. Claim forms and receipts must be originals; no photocopies please. Receipts must include pharmacy name, address, item(s) purchased, amount paid, etc.

Option B

  • Check with your pharmacist to see if the pharmacy offers third-party billing for the Monitoring for Health Program. With third-party billing you pay only 25% of the cost of your supplies (the 25% not covered by the program) and the pharmacy submits to the program directly for the other 75%.
  • Complete the claim form in full. If this is your first claim to the program, you must have the form signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner to confirm that you use insulin or have gestational diabetes.
  • Sign the claim form where indicated to assign reimbursement to the pharmacy.
  • The pharmacy will then submit your claim form and receipts to the program, and the 75% reimbursement will be issued directly to the pharmacy.

If the pharmacy does not offer third-party billing for the Monitoring for Health Program, please see Option A above.

How long will it take to receive my cheque?

Due to a high volume of claims, average cheque processing time is currently 8 weeks from the time your claim is received at our office. We make every attempt to process claims as quickly as possible. Please wait at least 8 weeks before contacting our office to check on the status of your claim.

Is there a deadline for submitting my receipts each year?

Yes. The program year begins on April 1st each year and runs until March 31st the next year. Claims and receipts must be received at our office by no later than March 31st.

How can I get a claim form?

To obtain a claim form, please contact us at:

Toll-free: 1-800-361-0796
Email: mfhp@diabetes.ca

Your local Diabetes Canada branch, pharmacy, or diabetes education program/clinic may also have claim forms available.

Please note: At this time, generic PDF claim forms are not available for download online. Claim forms must be originals (hardcopies), as each form contains a unique ID number needed to process your claim.

All claim forms and receipts submitted for reimbursement must be originals – no photocopies or scans, please. Do not email claims; mail to address below. This address can also be found at the top of the claim form.

For more information:
Ontario Monitoring for Health Program
c/o Diabetes Canada
1400 – 522 University Ave
Toronto, ON M5G 2R5

Toll-free: 1-800-361-0796
Email: mfhp@diabetes.ca

Additional information for pharmacists:
Pharmacist Information - Monitoring for Health Program