Coverage for Compression Garments in Saskatchewan
*Saskatchewan Health (SAIL) will provide coverage for 2 compression garments per affected limb for every 6 months for lymphedema patients with a doctor’s referral and if measured by a physical or occupational therapist.
Saskatchewan Health has expanded their SAIL Compression Garment and Bandaging Policy to include private CLT therapist (excluding massage therapists unless grandfathered in or LANA certified) in addition to public therapists. Private CLT therapists, except those previously mentioned, will now be able to requisition for compression garments and bandages covered by SAIL for those affected by lymphedema. See pages 15 & 16 in the document linked below.
Read the 2018 SAIL General Policies.
Compression Garment Program Changes
The Ministry of Health is continually seeking ways to improve evidence-based health care delivery for the people of Saskatchewan. Following extensive consultations, the list of eligible benefits for the Compression Garment Program has been expanded. Effective October 1, 2013, the following revisions will be made to the policy:
Addition of 15-20mmHg graduated pressure arm sleeves for clients who meet all other eligibility criteria, but cannot tolerate 20mmHg or higher compression at the wrist.
Addition of night garments for clients with stage 2/3 lymphedema. Clients are eligible for one night garment every two years.
Clarification that eligible garments include bandaging/wrapping supplies used for lymphatic drainage and adjustable non-elastic compression garments.
Addition of gel sheets for clients with hypertrophic scarring when used in conjunction with an eligible compression garment.
Compression Garments and Bandaging Supplies
Patients diagnosed with lymphedema in Saskatchewan receive the following (100%) coverage under the SAIL program (Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living Program) Compression Garment Policy:
- 2 day-time compression garments every six months
- 1 night-time compression garment once per two years.
- Garments include socks (calf), hose (thigh/pantyhose), arm sleeves, gloves and non-elastic garments (ie. Circa-Aid).
- Bandaging supplies (foam/artiflex, short-stretch bandages), swell spots and scar pads.
- Accessories/supplies such as gel sheets, adhesives, stocking applicators, ulcer liners, and rubber gloves when used in conjunction with a compression garment.
- Patients must have the garment requisitioned by an Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapist (PT), Public or Private CDT Therapist (CDT), Enterostomal Therapy Nurse (ET), Diabetes Nurse (DNS) or Wound Care Nurse (IIWCC).