Healthcare Spending Account

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A Health Care Spending Account (HCSA), or Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) is a type of flexible employee benefit program in Canada that aims to provide more flexibility than a traditional health plan.[1] As a supplemental program, it covers items that are not normally part of the traditional plan. Generally these plans include a fixed amount per employee available to be claimed, which makes budgeting for them easier for employers.[2] Expenses that can be claimed against an HCSA are regulated by the Canada Revenue Agency.[3]

Covered & Non-covered Expenses[edit]

HCSA covers expenses connected with health, vision and dental care for you, your spouse, or any dependents (children) qualified by the Canada Revenue Agency. But expenses caused by cosmetic surgery, hair removal/regeneration, non-prescription lenses, over-the-counter drugs without an actual prescription signed by registered medical staff, etc. cannot be paid using your Health Care Spending Account.


  1. ^ "Flexible Employee Benefit Programs". Canada Revenue Agency. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ Art Babcock (2011-04-26). "The ries of HCSAs". Benefits Canada. Rogers Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  3. ^ "HCSA: What's covered under CRA". Small Biz Advisor. Rogers Publishing Ltd. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2015-08-28.