Getting health insurance
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) covers the cost of many basic health services for residents of Alberta. Visit their eligibility section to find out when you and your family can receive health insurance and their forms section to find out how to apply.
To receive healthcare services covered by AHCIP you must apply within three months of arriving in Alberta. Coverage is available from the first day you arrive in Alberta, provided your Canada entry papers are in order. To register, you must submit a completed application form and a copy of your Canada Entry Permit. The application forms are available from AHCIP.
Private Health Insurance
AHCIP pays for medically required services that are provided by physicians in their offices or at hospitals. The cost of some treatments provided by chiropractors, podiatrists or optometrists may be partially covered by AHCIP.
AHCIP does not cover the cost of medication, ambulance services, or treatments provided by acupuncturists, naturopaths or dentists. When you apply, you will be given a brochure describing the types of services covered.
Many employers offer group insurance plans. Group insurance plans are designed to cover the cost of services that AHCIP does not. If your employer does not offer a health insurance plan (or you are self-employed), it is possible to purchase personal health insurance for you and your family from a variety of private insurance companies.
If you choose to purchase private health insurance, fees are usually paid monthly. If your employer offers you health insurance, most or all of the fees should be included as part of your compensation package.
Doctors, clinics and hospitals
Look here for information about Alberta's health care system, with links to help you find services.
Alberta Newcomer Information
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Date Updated: Mon, 05 Nov 2012 02:47:16