Ensuring that all Albertans have equal access to the best medical services available is a top priority for the government. Leading-edge research, technology and clinical skills contribute to maintaining a sophisticated health care environment in Alberta.

The health system is publicly administered and funded (health care funding comes from one-third of the entire provincial budget). The Canada Health Act specifies which health services must be provided, but the province of Alberta includes many additional services. Some of these include full or partial coverage for long-term and home care, children's immunization, seniors' benefits, palliative care and many others. The Ministry of Health and Wellness develops and ensures compliance with health care policy in Alberta.

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) gives Alberta residents full coverage. Albertans do not pay for medically necessary procedures or physician fees. Some oral surgical services are also included.

Visit Alberta Health and Wellness to see if you are eligible for the AHCIP.

Community based services

On May 15, 2008, one provincial governance board, Alberta Health Services, replaced Alberta’s nine regional health authority boards, the Alberta Mental Health Board, Alberta Cancer Board and Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC).

Alberta Health Services’ mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Medical research

A number of institutions are involved in enhancing Alberta's health care options through research, education and prevention. Below are just a few examples:

Additional health links