Gluten-free products is an eligible HealthPlus expense!

Did you know that the Incremental Cost of Gluten-free products is an eligible HealthPlus expense!

If you or your eligible dependent(s) suffer from celiac disease (gluten intolerance) you are entitled to claim the incremental cost associated with the gluten-free purchases as an eligible HealthPlus medical expense.

What is Incremental Cost?

Incremental cost is the difference in price between a gluten-free product and a similar non gluten-free product. Incremental cost is calculated by subtracting the cost of the non-gluten-free product from the cost of the gluten-free product. For example if a loaf of bread costs $3 and a gluten-free loaf costs $6 the amount you can claim is $3.

What Food is Eligible to be claimed?

Usually food items are specifically marketed and made for gluten-free diets. Such items include but are not limited to, muffins, bread, bagels, and brownies. Baking ingredients are also allowed where the patient is suffering from celiac disease. These items include but are not limited to, rice flour and gluten free spices. Such items can only be claimed when they are exclusively consumed by the individual with celiac disease.

What documents are required to support a claim?

  • A letter from a medical practitioner confirming the person suffers from celiac disease and requires gluten-free products as a result of that disease.
  • A compiled list of all gluten-free items purchased

Check the CRA website for a summary and example:  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns300-350/330-331/dtlxpns-eng.html#gltnfr

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