Government of Alberta

Ministry of Health - Out of Country Health Coverage

Covers limited physician and hospital costs outside of Canada.

Service offers:

  • limited health coverage of physician and hospital costs outside of Canada through the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)


  • insured physician services
  • hospital services that would normally be covered by the AHCIP and that are provided in a general or auxiliary hospital

Does not cover:

  • hospital services provided in a private health facility 
  • elective (non-emergency) treatment and surgery
  • routine lab services received outside a hospital
  • food, lodging, transportation, or other costs related to obtaining health services outside Alberta
  • health services provided by health care providers other than physicians
  • air or ground ambulance services
  • mental health services not provided in a general hospital
  • publicly funded services
  • prescription medication
  • medical / surgical appliances, prosthetics
  • experimental or research procedures, for example, clinical trials

If you get medical or hospital care when outside of Canada, you will be responsible for paying the difference between the amount charged and the amount the AHCIP reimburses you.

Yes, Service targeted to:
  • Albertans registered with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service:
  • application found on website
  • submit forms within 365 days from date of service
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Wait times vary.

Toll Free
310-0000 then 780-422-1954 (Out-of-Province / Out-of-Country Unit)
780-422-1954 (Out-of-Province / Out-of-Country Unit)
Web Site
Fee: Yes,

Contact for details.

Fee Reduction: Yes,

Contact for details.

Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Provincial Government
Last Updated On
November 28, 2019
Hours of Operation
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM
08:15 AM - 04:30 PM