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Compression garments for lymphedema

Eligible persons

To be eligible for the Program Regarding Bandages and Compression Garments Used to Treat Lymphedema, you must be covered by the Québec Health Insurance Plan and suffer from primary or secondary lymphedema. For more information on this condition, consult the Lymphedema page on the Québec.ca website.

Supplies covered

If you are age 18 or over, you are entitled to the following supplies per limb affected and per 12-month period:

  • 1 set of multi-layer bandages
  • 3 elastic day-time compression garments
  • 1 non-elastic compression garment
  • 1 night-time compression garment
  • 1 accessory for compression garment.

For children under 18 years of age, the number of supplies is doubled per 12-month period.

If you have to wear several different garments at the same time for a given limb, these garments will be considered separately. For example, if you have to wear a glove and sleeve at the same time, you will be entitled to the following per 12-month period:

  • 3 gloves + 3 day-time sleeves
  • 1 glove + 1 night-time sleeve
  • 1 glove + 1 non-elastic sleeve

Reimbursement granted

Persons age 18 and overPerson under 18 years of age and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
75% of the purchase cost before taxes and delivery charges, up to the maximum allowable amount100% of the purchase cost before taxes and delivery charges, up to the maximum allowable amount

You are required to pay a portion of the cost to purchase supplies. If you have private coverage, it may cover the difference. Check with your insurance company or uninsured employee benefits plan administrator.

Maximum allowable amounts

The maximum allowable amounts are in effect as of January 1, 2020. They are indexed annually on January 1. The maximums are different for persons under age 18 and for persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program.

Lower limbs

Important concerning the number of socks covered: 1 sock counts for 1 covered compression garment; 1 pair counts for 2 covered compression garment.

GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Knee-high stocking, open or closed toe

Ready made: $101.64 per pair

Custom made: $172.01 per pair

Ready made: $135.52 per pair

Custom made: $229.34 per pair

Thigh-high stocking, open or closed toe

Ready made: $132.91 per pair

Custom made: $218.91 per pair

Ready made: $177.21 per pair

Custom made: $291.88 per pair

Thigh-high stocking with hip attachment, open or closed toe

Ready made: $125.09

Custom made: $207.19

Ready made: $166.79

Custom made: $276.25

Above-knee pantyhose

Ready made: $58.64

Custom made: $383.09

Ready made: $78.19

Custom made: $510.79

Capri pantyhose

Ready made: $97.73

Custom made: $398.73

Ready made: $130.31

Custom made: $531.64

Pantyhose, open or closed toe

Ready made: $164.18

Custom made: $390.92

Ready made: $218.91

Custom made: $521.22

Pantyhose, one leg, open or closed toeCustom made: $242.37Custom made: $323.16
Sock, open toeCustom made: $179.82Custom made: $239.76
Sock, closed toeCustom made: $250.19Custom made: $333.58
Upper limbs
GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Gauntlet, fingerless

Ready made: $78.18

Custom made: $132.91

Ready made: $104.24

Custom made: $177.21

Glove, closed finger

Ready made: $140.73

Custom made: $312.73

Ready made: $187.64

Custom made: $416.97

Sleeve

Ready made: $117.28

Custom made: $250.19

Ready made: $156.37

Custom made: $333.58

Sleeve, with shoulder strap

Ready made: $97.73

Custom made: $281.46

Ready made: $130.31

Custom made: $375.28

Combination sleeve and gauntlet or glove

Ready made: $156.37

Custom made: $383.09

Ready made: $208.49

Custom made: $510.79

Lower limbs
GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Ankle unit

Ready made: $101.64

Custom made: $250.19

Ready made: $135.52

Custom made: $333.58

Thigh unit, including knee

Ready made: $265.82

Custom made: $508.19

Ready made: $354.43

Custom made: $677.58

Calf unit, under knee

Ready made: $218.91

Custom made: $469.10

Ready made: $291.88

Custom made: $625.46

Leg unit (ankle, calf, knee and thigh)

Ready made: $547.28

Custom made: $957.74

Ready made: $729.71

Custom made: $1,276.99

Upper limbs
GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Sleeve

Ready made: $273.64

Custom made: $383.09

Ready made: $364.85

Custom made: $510.79

Glove

Ready made: $125.09

Custom made: $281.46

Ready made: $166.79

Custom made: $375.28

GauntletReady made: $70.37Ready made: $93.82
Lower limbs
GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Ankle unit

Ready made: $101.64

Custom made: $250.19

Ready made: $135.52

Custom made: $333.58

Thigh, including knee

Ready made: $265.82

Custom made: $547.28

Ready made: $354.43

Custom made: $729.71

Calf unit, under knee

Ready made: $265.82

Custom made: $508.19

Ready made: $354.43

Custom made: $677.58

Leg (ankle, calf, knee and thigh)

Ready made: $625.46

Custom made: $1,133.65

Ready made: $833.95

Custom made: $1,511.53

Upper limbs
GarmentMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Sleeve

Ready made: $273.64

Custom made: $430.01

Ready made: $364.85

Custom made: $573.34

Glove

Ready made: $125.09

Custom made: $281.46

Ready made: $166.79

Custom made: $375.28

GauntletReady made: $70.37Ready made: $93.82
Combination sleeve with gauntlet or glove

Ready made: $351.83

Custom made: $664.55

Ready made: $469.10

Custom made: $886.07

AccessoryMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Skin adhesive$8.60$11.46
Stocking donner$78.18$104.24
Sleeve donner$93.82$125.09
Rubber gloves, pair$7.82 per pair$10.42 per pair
Multilayer bandagesMaximum allowable amountMaximum allowable amount for persons under age 18 and persons receiving last-resort financial assistance or assistance under the Aim for Employment Program
Upper limb$78.18$104.24
Lower limb$175.91$234.55

Compression garments for trunk and neck

Compression garments for trunk and neck may also be covered. However, your request for reimbursement will be subject to an analysis.

Procedure to obtain a reimbursement

  1. Obtain a medical prescription when you purchase an aid for the first time for which you may later apply for a reimbursement. This applies for each limb newly affected by lymphedema.
  2. Go to a provider that has signed an agreement with RAMQ or to another provider to obtain the supplies required.

Your prescription must:

  • Indicate the presence of lymphedema
  • Specify which limb or area of the body is affected and, if applicable, which side (right or left)
  • Be issued by one of the following persons:
    • a physician registered with the Collège des médecins du Québec or an equivalent organization in another province or territory
    • the holder of a resident training card issued by the secretary of the Collège des médecins du Québec or by an equivalent organization in another province or territory, authorized to write such a prescription

Conditions of reimbursement: provider that has signed an agreement or provider that has not

Some providers of compression garments have signed an agreement with RAMQ. We reimburse them directly the amount allotted. If you purchase your supplies from a supplier that has not signed such an agreement, you will have to pay and then submit a request for reimbursement to us.

Select the status of your provider to learn about the conditions of reimbursement.

  1. Present your valid Health Insurance Card and, where applicable, your valid claim slip (carnet de réclamation).
  2. Provide the medical prescription. No prescription will be required for subsequent purchases for the same limb.

We reimburse the provider directly, taking into account the percentage of reimbursement granted and the maximum allowable to which you are entitled. You will be required to pay the difference at the place of purchase.

If you purchase your supplies from a provider that has not signed an agreement with RAMQ, you will have to pay the total invoice amount related to the supplies, then submit a request for reimbursement to us:

  1. Complete the form entitled Claim Form – Program Regarding Bandages and Compression Garments Used to Treat Lymphedema.
  2. Attach the original invoices, the receipts detailing the supplies purchased and the proofs of payment.
  3. Attach the medical prescription, when purchasing a supply for the first time covered by program for the limb affected.
  4. Mail all documents to the address indicated on the form, or fax them to 418 643-5967.
  5. Keep a copy of the documents for a better follow-up of your file. If they are faxed, you should keep them for 5 years.

We will reimburse you taking into account the percentage of reimbursement allotted and the maximum allowable amount to which you are entitled.

Application for review

You can apply for an administrative review if you disagree with a RAMQ decision. To find out more, refer to the page Request a review of a decision.