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This tool will provide the information you need to help you gain access to the treatments you need to treat your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, whether you have access to private health insurance, public health coverage or no coverage at all. It will take you through a series of options depending your personal situation. Read each question carefully. The process should take approximately 10 minutes.
Why This Tool?
You may be frustrated with the roadblocks. No matter what your medical coverage, this tool can provide you with information and tips to improve your chances of getting affordable access to the treatment you need. If you would like to learn more about all the medications and treatments approved for psoriasis that are sometimes either too expensive or have roadblocks to getting them, please see the section below. If you want to share your story with us and/or need some help, contact us today. Email:
Check out this list of medications that are sometimes difficult to access
Is your Medication on this list?
View the current list of medications that are sometimes difficult to access*:
- Calcipotriol (Dovonex®):
- Calcipotriol + Betamethasone (Dovobet®)
- Calcipotriol + Betamethasone (Xamiol®)
- Calcitriol Cream (SilKis®)
- Tazarotene (Tazorac®)
- Cyclosporine (Neoral®)
- Acitretin (Soriatane®)
- Adalimumab (Humira®)
- Apremilast (Otezla®)
- Etanercept (Enbrel®)
- Infliximab (Remicade®)
- Ustekinumab (Stelara®)
- Golimumab (Simponi®)
- Mycophenolate mofetil
*updated April 2015
The Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients is a non-profit organisation created to assist psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients with information and support. We have a first-hand understanding of this disease and its impact on our overall physical and mental health, because, we are patients too. We would like to hear from you if you are unable to get the treatment that you and your dermatologist believe is right for you. We work to inform our provincial and federal governments about the need for appropriate treatment for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients. Beyond this tool is our website full of information and helpful tips. You can learn more about treatment options, contacting your government and other tips for living a fuller life with this disease. Click the HOME button at the top left of this page to access our homepage.
Things to Consider
Know Your Coverage
Before you get started it is important you have a clear understanding of your current health insurance coverage whether you're covered through your employer, the province you live in, or by your own private insurer. If you do not have health insurance coverage at all, this tool can still help you by pointing you toward government programs or other options that can help you.
What does your doctor think?
Also, you may want to learn from your physician which medication he/she recommends for you. As our doctors know that some of these treatments are expensive, and are unfamiliar with some of the options in this tool, they might recommend a treatment that you can afford or is covered on your plan, skipping the treatment they really think would help. To get around this, ask your doctor directly, "If money were no object, what would you recommend for me?" To learn more about the tougher–to-get treatments, visit the Check out this list of medications section above.
Have you seen a specialist?
Finally, your family physician may have been working with you up to this point. However, your condition may require the expertise of a dermatologist or a rheumatologist. They are experts in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and have hands-on access to the latest treatment research information. Ask your family physician to refer you to a specialist for an assessment. Having a specialist can, in some cases, improve your chances for coverage of newer treatments. Once you have the prescription from your physician, you will have better access to ALL the financing options to help cover the costs of your treatment. Most of the pharmaceutical patient financial support services require a prescription before you can apply for financial coverage.
By clicking the START button below, I agree to these terms and I understand that the Canadian Association for Psoriasis Patients (CAPP) is providing this website and tool for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. I understand that CAPP recommends working in conjunction with your physician and/or dermatologist and /or rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.