How to Get Your Health Card

Canada's health care system is one of the world's best. It is paid for by taxes, rather than by individuals paying doctors or hospitals for their specific treatments, so everyone can afford the medical services the system covers. A few things, such as eye care, dental care, and prescription medications, are not covered by the government health care plans, or not always covered. But most of your health care needs will be taken care of under these plans. One of the first things you should do when you arrive in Canada is apply for a health card. Different provinces have different health care systems, so you'll need to find out what the procedure is, and how soon you will be eligible for health care, in your specific province. The links below will tell you how to get your health card in the province or territory you live in, along with lots more information about the health care system. For additional information, please see our stories Health Care in Western Canada, How Does the Health Care System Work in Ontario, and Your Health is Well Protected in the Atlantic Provinces".

Alberta: Alberta Healthcare Insurance Card

British Columbia: BC Health CareCard

Manitoba: Manitoba Health Card

New Brunswick: New Brunswick Medicare Card

Newfoundland and Labrador: Medical Care Plan (MCP) Card

Northwest Territories: NWT Health Care Card

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI)

Nunavut: Nunavut Health Care Card

Ontario: Ontario Health Card (OHIP Card)

Prince Edward Island: PEI Health Card

Québec: Régie d'Assurance Maladie Health Care Card

Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Health Card

Yukon: Yukon Health Card

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