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Alberta Health Plan

Besides Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, Alberta is the most populous Canadian province with a population of over 4 million according to the 2016 census. Alberta is bounded to the east by Saskatchewan and to the west by British Columbia. The province was originally a district of the Northwest Territories until it became a province on September 1, 1905. Alberta already had some major features such as public education at this time and accordingly, the public schools became provincial institutions.

Health budget account for up to 45% of all government spending in Alberta; the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is $22.5 billion.

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What Does The Provincial Plan Not Cover?

AHCIP is a publicly funded healthcare plan that provides coverage for eligible Alberta residents and citizens for insured hospital and physician services, provided they are carried out within the province. However, some services are not covered by AHCIP, such as:

  • Procedures not considered as medically necessary such as cosmetic procedures, abdominoplasty and vasectomy reversal.
  • Medical advice rendered by a physician to a patient over the phone.
  • Dentures and routine dental cares.
  • Services provided by paramedics such as massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, homeopaths, and
  • Vaccinations carried out for immunizations and for the purpose of medical travels.

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Optometric Services Not Covered by the Provincial Plan

AHCIP provides coverage for some optometry services but it does not cover all optometry services. Optometry services obtained outside Alberta are not covered. AHCIP covers optometry costs if the service is needed due to some medical conditions.

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Alberta Health Plan FAQ

What do I need to apply for AHCIP?

You need to provide a proof showing that you are a resident of Alberta. You also need to have a proof that you are legally entitled to remain in Canada or have a citizenship in Canada.

Where do I apply for AHCIP?

You can apply for AHCIP at Registries Plus.

When is the office open to receive applications for the Alberta Health Care Insurance card?

You can visit Registries Plus anytime between 7:30 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and between 9:30 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

Who is eligible for AHCIP?

If you are a resident of Alberta and have your identity, legal and residence entitlement, you are eligible to apply for AHCIP. A waiting period may apply to Canadians moving from another Canadian province but they can post their applications as soon as they arrive in Alberta.

Are visitors allowed to apply for the Alberta health care insurance card?

Visitors are not allowed to apply for AHCIP unless if the visitor is added to his/her spouse’s partner account, a clergy or religious worker on a 10 to 12 month visit permit, athlete with visit record of about 12 months, or a member of the British Army and their family on a visit for about 12 months.

How long will I wait to receive my health card?

It takes two weeks from the time you mailed out to your address to receive the health card. If you are on a waiting period, you can expect to receive the health card at the end of your waiting period.

I lost my card, can I get a replacement card?

Yes, you can get a replacement card if you lose your card; simply fill out an update form. The card will be mailed to your address within two weeks of filling out the update form. You may also call 310-0000 and 780 427-1432 for these processes.

Card replacement is limited. After replacing the card a few times, you may be required to fill up a Statutory Declaration to confirm that you actually lost the card. You may be charged $17.6 for the Commissioner of Oaths to witness and stamp a Statutory Declaration.

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News on Health Issue in Alberta

The Alberta government is set out to address substance abuse; it already mapped out $63 million in the 2018 budget to address the opioid crisis.

The government has hired navigators with a support of $400,000 grant in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie. Staff at Friendship Centers in 21 communities across the province will receive workshops, training sessions on naloxone, as well as educational materials.

The Friendship Center will also be assisted by healthcare providers, elders and people living in the community for an appropriate and traditional approach to help victims of substance use.

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Alberta Health News

The Alberta government is set out to address substance abuse; it already mapped out $63 million in the 2018 budget to address the opioid crisis.

The government has hired navigators with a support of $400,000 grant in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie. Staff at Friendship Centers in 21 communities across the province will receive workshops, training sessions on naloxone, as well as educational materials.

The Friendship Center will also be assisted by healthcare providers, elders and people living in the community for an appropriate and traditional approach to help victims of substance use.

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Alberta Health Statistics

Statistics on Health Insurance

Millions of Albertans are covered by the AHCIP every year. A total of 4,529,842 Albertans were covered in the years 2016/2017 respectively. This includes 3,934,785 non-seniors and 595,057 seniors. In the year under survey, the Alberta government paid a total of $3,628,436,282. This corresponds to $3,531,947,298 paid to physicians and $96,488,983 paid to Allied Health practitioners.

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