Funding for Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants in BC

Adults:

**Please note: adult cochlear implant candidacy is determined by the St. Paul’s Hospital-Cochlear Implant team. For more information on candidacy criteria please visit their website: http://cochlearimplant.providencehealthcare.org/ , or consult your audiologist.

The British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) covers the initial cost of the CI equipment (implant and processor kit) for British Columbia residents.  All medical, audiology, and surgical appointments are also covered. MSP covers 46 adult cochlear implantations in the province per year.

Costs subject to the client:

  • Travel: Clients who must travel to St. Paul’s Hospital (located in Vancouver) for their appointments must cover this cost (transportation, hotel, meals). If this poses a financial burden to the client, they may work with the Cochlear Implant Team’s social worker to access possibly funding sources for travel.
  • Batteries and microphone covers.
  • Repairs and servicing after the cochlear implant warranty period has expired.
  • Cochlear implant upgrade: Clients can trade in their CI processors every 6-7 years for a new, upgraded processor. The client will have to trade in their processor (worth approx. $2750) and pay approx. $840; MSP covers the remaining $6900 for a new processor.

Children:

**Please note: Cochlear implant candidacy for children is determined by the BC Children’s Hospital-Cochlear Implant team. For more information on candidacy criteria please visit their website: http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/clinics/cochlear-implant, or consult your child’s audiologist.

The British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) and the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) cover the initial cost of the CI equipment (implant and processor kit) for British Columbia residents.  All medical, audiology, and surgical appointments are also covered. 31 child cochlear implantations are covered in the province per year.

Costs subject to the family:

  • Travel: Clients who must travel to BC Children’s Hospital (located in Vancouver) for their appointments must cover this cost (transportation, hotel, meals). If this poses a financial burden to the client, they may work with the Cochlear Implant Team’s social worker to access possible funding sources for travel costs.
  • Non-rechargeable batteries and accessories.
  • Repairs and servicing after the cochlear implant warranty period has expired.
  • Cochlear implant upgrade: Clients can trade in their CI processors every 6-7 years for a new, upgraded processor. The client will have to trade in their processor (worth approx. $2750) and pay approx. $840; MSP covers the remaining $6900 for a new processor. This is the same upgrade protocol as for adults.