Medical Assistance Fund (MAF) Program

DEBRA Canada knows that we all want to give our loved ones the very best of care. The costs associated with Epidermolysis Bullosa can be challenging at times, and the health insurance in our provinces and territories does not necessarily cover all of these expenses. One of the ways that DEBRA Canada supports Canadian families living with EB is through our MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FUND. The purpose of this Fund is to provide financial assistance to those affected by this devastating disease.

The Fund is available to assist with medical and related expenses that are not covered by other health assistance plans at any level of government. The Medical Assistance Fund Committee considers each request on an individual, case-by-case basis. Since the Fund’s inception in 2003, many families have been helped. It includes help with a co-pay or deductible, purchase medical supplies or comfort aids, or allow for increased independence. The request must serve a beneficial medical purpose for the recipient and/or improve the quality of life. In most cases, the payee should be the vendor or supplier; in special cases, DEBRA Canada may agree to reimburse, as long as the receipt is provided. This program is ONLY for persons with EB, who are members of DEBRA Canada.

Grants have a limit of $5000 per family each year.

Conference Funding for Patients & Medical Community

DEBRA provides funding to EB patients, health and medical professionals to attend national and international conferences in order to further increase their knowledge toward best practices and EB patient care in Canada. If you are a patient, caregiver, or Medical Professional and would like to apply for conference and/or travel funding please review and fill out the Travel Application Form PDF For more information, contact DEBRA Canada.

Patient Member Travel Application Fund

The DEBRA Canada Patient Member Travel Application form is designed for those in need of assistance for travel (and travel related) expenses. Click here to download the PDF form.

Micro Grants

DEBRA Canada understands the need to create awareness within the medical community and promote new ways for people to improve the lives of those affected by EB. For patients with EB, research and knowledge IS care. To this end, the DEBRA Canada provides micro-grants to expedite the exploration of new ideas for understanding EB and improving patient care.

Awards up to $3500 CAD will be available annually. Please see attached PDF for application.

Micro Grant Reporting Form

After completion of a Micro Grant request or project, successful applicants are asked to complete a project summary report via the Micro Grant Reporting Form PDF. Based on these reports, projects will be presented to the EB community at the following DEBRA Canada Annual General Meeting, and potentially in our newsletter and on our website.

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