In 1947, Saskatchewan was the first Canadian province to introduce a universal, province-wide hospital care plan. In 1962, they introduced universal medical insurance in order to provide medical services to all Saskatchewan residents. The federal government followed their steps and introduced the Medical Care Act (1966) which offered to reimburse a half of territorial and provincial costs for medical services provided by medical workers outside hospitals. All provinces had universal physician services insurance plans within 6 years.
The Canadian healthcare system has a reputation of being world class, and one of the greatest benefits for Canadians (as well as newcomers moving to Canada) is access to publicly funded healthcare.
To qualify for Saskatchewan healthcare coverage, you must be a Saskatchewan resident and reside in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months per year. To be eligible, you must register with eHealth Saskatchewan and your health coverage starts when your application has been approved.
To receive free healthcare coverage in the province, you will need to apply for the provincial Health Card. With this Health Card, you will receive coverage for various community and medical services. To make the best use of the Saskatchewan health system, you need to know what is covered and what is available. Furthermore, this will help you make better informed choices when it comes to purchasing supplemental insurance for yourself and your family.
The Ministry of Health covers most medically necessary hospital and physician services (under the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act) as long as they’re provided in the publicly-funded healthcare system.
The following are the medical services that are fully covered through your Saskatchewan Health Card:
Medical services that are partially covered by your Saskatchewan Health Card include:
The Saskatchewan Health Plan doesn’t cover:
Saskatchewan’s Senior Drug Program is for residents 65 years of age and older and it ensures that they pay $25 per prescription for drugs that are approved under Exception Drug Status or listed in the Saskatchewan Formulary.
The plan doesn’t include senior residents covered under the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits Program, Veterans Affairs Canada, or other federal government program.
To be eligible for benefits, you must be registered with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Once registered, Health Registries will issue a Health Card to you and each one of your family members once your applications have been approved.
If you are a newcomer to the Saskatchewan province, you’re required to register for the provincial health plan. Your health coverage begins on the first day of the third month following the date of your established Saskatchewan residence. In other words, if you establish residency on April 16, your coverage would begin on July 1.
The provincial Ministry of Health also covers health services for special classes of newcomers. As a newcomer from outside Canada, you may be eligible for health benefits from the day you arrive to Saskatchewan if you are a:
To register for a Health Card, you should get an application form available from the administrators of offices of Health Registries, rural municipalities, villages, and towns. You can also get the application form by visiting www.ehealthsask.ca/healthregistries.
Health Registries will require information about dependents or children remaining in another Canadian territory or province and intending to move to Saskatchewan upon completion of the current school year. If you are 18 years of age (or older) and single, you must register separately.
The Saskatchewan Health Services card is a personal identification card. Whenever you need health services, you should be prepared to present it.
If you are eligible to apply for a Health Services card, you should gather all the necessary documentation to accompany your application, and start your application.
To apply for a Saskatchewan Health Services card in person, you need to:
All eligible individuals can visit the online application portal to fill out an application form and submit the supporting documentation online. Before you can complete the online process, you will need to set up your account first.
In case you can’t find your way around the online application portal, you can print out your application form and fax it or mail it along with the photocopies of supporting documentation to eHealth Saskatchewan Health Registries, 2130 – 11th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 0J5. Fax: 306-787-8951
It usually takes 4-6 weeks for the health card application to be processed.
Besides the application form, you will need to provide the supporting documentation when applying for Saskatchewan Health Services card. This documentation includes:
As for your dependents, each of them will have to provide:
Your Saskatchewan Health Card is renewed by placing a renewal sticker that is sent to you by the Health Registries. Health card renewal packages are sent by mail and contain updated stickers that renew your health card for the next three years. Once you receive your package, you need to update your health card with the new sticker. In case you have not received your renewal package, you should contact eHealth Saskatchewan to request additional stickers: Call: 1-800-667-7551 (available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM) Email: Change@eHealthSask.ca The most common reason for not receiving Health Card renewal stickers is because people have relocated and forgot to update their address.
If your Health Card has been damaged, stolen or lost, you should replace it because you need to have a valid Health Card to ensure health care coverage. There are two ways for replacing your Health Card:
2130 11th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 0J5
Saskatchewan Health Card Phone Number
Toll free: 1-800-667-7551 (Canada and US)
Phone: 306-787-3251 (Regina area)
In case your personal and family info has changed sometimes during the past three years, you are responsible for updating that information with eHealth Saskatchewan. This way, you ensure to receive your health card renewal package in the mail (along with the right number of renewal stickers).
You need to contact Health Registries immediately in case any of the information below is incorrect or changes:
You can update your Health Card information via online service or by completing the right forms and emailing/mailing them to eHealth Saskatchewan. Choose the correct form based on the information you need to update:
All permanent residents of Saskatchewan (residing in the province for at least 6 months a year) have access to provincial health coverage. Keep reading to find out more about what’s covered and what isn’t covered by the health plan, as well as about extended health care, drug plan, coverage for those travelling in and out of Canada.
Residents of Saskatchewan with a valid provincial health coverage may be eligible for drug plan benefits. Cost of your prescription drugs vary according to the type of benefits you receive. The Saskatchewan Drug Plan was established to:
Senior Saskatchewan residents who are 65 years of age (and older) with a reported income that is less than the Provincial Age Tax Credit may be eligible for the Seniors’ Drug Plan. For obtaining pharmaceutical drugs approved under Exception Drug Status or listed in the Saskatchewan Formulary, the program ensures that seniors pay only $25 per prescription.
Seniors with SIP (Seniors’ Income Plan) or GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement) will continue to have a $100 or $200 semiannual deductible after which they pay only 35% for drug prescriptions. With these supplements, seniors will pay $25 or the lesser of the 35% co-payment.
Besides the specialty drug plans, the Saskatchewan provincial health plan also provides extended benefits for eligible residents. The Extended Benefits and Drug Plan includes:
Saskatchewan residents who require medical assistance while travelling within Canada will have an easy time receiving it without having to spend a fortune. Just make sure to have your provincial health card with you at all times while travelling.
All territories and provinces (except Quebec) signed the Interprovincial Billing Agreement. Under this agreement, the host province agrees to cover the cost of medically necessary services which the Saskatchewan province will reimburse.
However, there are certain additional services that won’t be covered. These include hospital transfer, ambulance, and transportation back to Saskatchewan. In case you have private insurance coverage, contact your insurance company to determine if you have coverage for these additional services through your plan. In case you fall ill while in Quebec, you will most likely be charged up front for any medical assistance you receive there. However, you can submit a reimbursement claim to Saskatchewan Ministry of Health once you get home.
When it comes to health coverage outside of Canada, the costs for medical services may be much higher. You are responsible for paying the difference between the amount charged and the amount your provincial health plan covers. When travelling outside the country, it is highly recommended that you purchase additional health insurance.
Students enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan receive provincial health coverage that cover medical services such as:
|X-Rays and Exams||In approved facilities when ordered by a physician|
|Eye exams||One exam every two years for those between 19 and 64 years of age. Medically necessary eye exams are covered regardless of age.|
|Laser eye surgery||No|
|Rhinoplasty||Yes, if recommended by a doctor for medical reasons|
|Breast reduction||Yes, if recommended by a doctor for medical reasons|
|Ambulance transportation||If medically necessary|
|Birth control (including IUD)||Yes|
|Podiatrist and foot care||No|
|Allergist and allergy testing||Yes|
|Sleep physician and CPAP machines||Yes|
Saskatchewan provincial health coverage grants its residents access to various fundamental medical services at no cost. However, the provincial health plan requires co-payment for specific services, such as dental care, home care, hearing health care, prescription drugs, optometrist exams, etc.
Although the provincial plan provides coverage for essential medical benefits, there is still a lot of ground left uncovered. The Insurdinary health insurance plan will provide coverage for various medical emergencies and everyday health needs. Our supplemental health insurance plan is there to fill the gaps that are left by the provincial health plan.
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