Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as foreigner workers or students may apply for a health card for major medical and hospital costs that is covered by provincial health insurance programs. To get health insurance, you need a health card to access medical facilities guided by provisions of Canada Health Act. As the universal health care system is funded by the cost of taxpayers. It is crucial to understand that each and every person in the family should have his or her own health card, including newborns and children. However, delivery of health care services and administration is the responsibility of each province or territory, individually. As a Health Card is provincial and is assisted by the federal government in the form of fiscal transfers. Medically necessary care covers :
However, there are no.of services which are not involved in your Health Card which include dental care, ambulance services, various prescription drugs and care needed related to glasses and contact lenses.
Getting a Health Card
You need a health insurance card from the province/territory where you settled in Canada. In some provinces you may wait upto 3 months before you get the government health Card as the health care services provided by provinces and territories which may not be covered by the Act such as prescription drug coverage. First step towards getting and applying for a Health Card is to find your nearest Service Canada office where the application and documents are to be submitted by you. As the requirement and process to apply for the Health Card in Ontario may vary from Alberta. Listed below are some of the documents are needed in all the provinces/territories sorted on the bases of your status in Canada :
To use provincial health care services according to different provinces and territory of residence below :
Please refer the above mentioned province/territory for further information regarding Health Card benefits and details.
Once you receive your health card you can register with a doctor in your area: