Many pharmacies and clinics offer point-of-care INR testing and can also follow patients who self-test INR with CoaguChek®.
Great news! In Quebec, since February 2017, the general drug insurance plan reimburses CoaguChek® strips for every patient.
In addition to refunding the strips, some private insurance plans also reimburse the meter. Contact your insurance company for more information.
There is currently no provincial coverage for CoaguChek® test strips, with the exception of Quebec.
As the name implies, provincial drug plans were created to cover drugs and not medical devices, with the exception of blood glucose monitoring test strips. However, most of the provincial payers have resisted adding any other medical devices to their drug plans. The province of Quebec has recognized the value of point-of-care INR testing in the community setting (outside hospital-based clinics) by adding the CoaguChek® system to the provincial drug program. Whereas other provinces have reviewed the value of INR testing in a community setting, they have yet to approve the CoaguChek® system as a benefit.
Given the growing body of clinical data supporting the positive impact that patient self-monitoring and well-managed warfarin therapy have on patient outcomes and long-term health economics, we sincerely hope that the reimbursement situation will soon change.
Roche Diagnostics Canada plans to request reimbursement of CoaguChek® test strips with the other provinces.
We encourage you to talk about the benefits of the CoaguChek® system and INR point-of-care (meter) testing with your provincial government representative, healthcare professionals, friends and family. Awareness will go a long way in bringing this important topic to the forefront of healthcare decision makers. Furthermore, you can seek out the assistance of your local healthcare organizations to support initiatives related to the availability of INR point-of-care testing meters for anticoagulation clinics and/or patient self-testing.
If INR self-monitoring is right for you but not accessible for financial reasons, you may wish to inquire through your local hospital or community healthcare program whether a foundation-sponsored INR patient self-monitoring program is available.
If you have private insurance, check with your insurance carrier to see if you already have full or partial coverage for an INR testing meter and/or strips.
More and more hospital out-patient anticoagulation clinics and community pharmacies offer CoaguChek® meter INR testing as a valued service to the community. These services can provide you with faster test-to-dosage turnaround times and less waiting for appointments.
You can validate your 2-year warranty on your Coaguchek INRange here