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New Brunswick is the third least populated province in Canada, surpassing only Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Together with Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, it is one of the three Maritimes in Canada. The trio alongside with Newfoundland and Labrador make up the Atlantic Provinces in Canada. The indigenous people to the province before the area was colonized by the Europeans include the Mi'kmaq, the Maliseet, and the Passamaquoddy people. Along with Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Quebec, New Brunswick was one of the founding provinces of Canada in 1867.

Based on the height and weight data collected in 2009-2010, 63% of adults aged 18 and older and 24% of children aged 12-17 in New Brunswick, were found to be overweight or obese.

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What does the Medicare NB Plan not cover?

The New Brunswick Health Care plans like Medicare (for major medical and hospital services coverage) and New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program (NBPDP) (for prescription drug coverage) are the provincial health benefits for the New Brunswicker. You can take advantage these benefits if you are a permanent resident and have lived in the province for a minimum of six (6) months a year.

The plan covers several services but some services are not covered; these include:

  • Annual checkups
  • Ambulance services
  • Regular dental services and dentures such as extractions, fillings, and cleanings as well as examinations. If a dental procedure is deemed medically necessary, it may be covered if it is carried out by a dentist in an approved hospital.
  • Medicines and prescription drugs. People who are covered by one of the aforementioned drug plans may be covered.
  • Examinations for employment, travel purposes, etc requested by a third party.
  • The services of acupuncturists, chiropodists, massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, private nursing and psychologists.
  • The services of opticians and optometrists
  • Contact lenses, eye glasses, frames, and eye examinations
  • Cosmetic surgeries
  • Artificial insemination
  • Removal of minor skin lesions such as warts
  • Medical equipment such as special crutches, walkers, prosthetics devices and so forth
  • Applied researches and services considered by as an experiment by the province
  • Reversal of sterility processes
  • Renewing prescription over the phone or physician advice
  • Dental services provided they are rendered by a physician
  • Gastric bypass and staples as well as other stomach stapling
  • The cost difference between private and semi-private hospital rooms when compared to the cost of the standard
  • Immunization obtained through public health clinics unless the service is considered to be medically essential and carried out by a physician

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New Brunswick Health Insurance FAQ

How can I enroll in the plan?

Can I still apply to the plan if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

Does the drug plan cover every drug in the market?

Can I leave the plan at anytime?

Can I change my payment or personal information?

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The staggering increase in HIV cases in New Brunswick is a provincial concern. Since January, up to 16 new cases of HIV have been reported, which is more than what public health expects for the province in a single year. The report shows a whopping 175% increase in HIV cases in the province with 69% of the cases coming from Fredericton and Oromocto area alone.

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New Brunswick Health Statistics

New Brunswick Health Profile for 2013 showed a total of 442.6 cancer incidence per 100,000 population as compared to 404.9 cancer incidence per 100,000 population for the rest of Canada. The figure is even higher for men with a cancer incidence of 532.9 per 100,000 population for New Brunswick and 464.6 cancer incidence per 100,000 population for the rest of Canada.

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