Campaign urges private health insurers to amend policies
CNA and the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC) are calling on all health insurance companies who provide private health insurance plans in Canada to amend their policies and language to reflect the legal scope of practice of nurse practitioners (NPs).
Most Canadian private insurance plans reimburse their clients only for physician-issued prescriptions for medically necessary devices, supplies, and treatments performed by other health professionals. NPs are not included in Canadian private insurance plans’ definitions of prescribers, even though these activities are well within NPs’ legal scope of practice.
In 2018, there were 5,697 NPs practising across Canada. NPs in primary care serve nearly three million Canadians. Insurance plan members with an NP as their primary care provider should not be subject to reduced access to health insurance coverage.
Read and share our one-page information sheet [PDF, 106 KB] for more information.