Alberta health I thought covered you in another province no questions asked? If I am in Alberta OHIP covers me if I need to see anyone...
LinkExcept for physician services in Quebec, claims for insured medically required physician, osteopath and hospital services received elsewhere in Canada are usually billed to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan through the Medical and Hospital Reciprocal billing process that exists between jurisdictions. Claims are paid at the standard rates of the province or territory where the services were obtained.
Theoretically - yes.Here in Ontario, out of Province patients have to pay up front and then get reimbursed by their Provincial health care plan. Health insurance would avoid this step and pay for you then get the money from your Provincial health insurance.
Could be worse, SINC, far worse. You could be living under the health insurance regime in the US. Like the elderly couple profiled in Michael Moore's film Sicko, that after working at good jobs their whole life were kicked off their coverage when the husband succumbed to some expensive heart problems and who had to go live in their kids spare room. Or the 75 year-old guy whose insurer wouldn't cover his medication and who had to take a job as a supermarket janitor in his retirement to pay for the drugs he needed to survive. Be grateful you live in "Soviet Canuckistan" ol' buddy.With my wife turning 65 soon, we have been the recipient of a letter and brochure from the Alberta Government's Health and Wellness Blue Cross coverage division welcoming us to free health care in our senior years.
It carries a notice that things like dental and eyeglasses are not covered under the basic plan and seniors should purchase that coverage as an add on. Fair enough.
But what really blew us away was their notice to be sure we purchased travel health insurance. I always did think that was a good idea if one travelled in the US for example to protect ourselves.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered we must purchase travel health insurance coverage to go 250 km down the road to Saskatchewan, or to any other Canadian province. Seems the Alberta advantage ends at the border and I find that disgusting.
Do other provinces restrict health coverage within Canada, but outside the province of residence?
Yes my wife was telling me this, doctors refuse to treat patients from Quebec because they wont get paid.Theoretically - yes.
But have you ever tried to get a nickel back from OHIP?
I have had several occasions where I needed to see a doctor in Quebec - I get the receipt and submit it to OHIP and that's the end of that. No refund of anything ever.
There seems to be a special feud between the Ontario and Quebec Health Care Systems. The clinics here in Ontario where I live will take any provincial health care card except Quebec. They have a notice right at the check-in wicket to that effect.
Their argument is that Quebec never pays any of their invoices.
The way around this is to go to Emergency in the hospital - but then you have a really long wait.Yes my wife was telling me this, doctors refuse to treat patients from Quebec because they wont get paid.
It's Trudeau's fault. Probably Justin.Ok give me a minute, I'm sure we can somehow blame Liberals or Commie Healthcare or Transfer Payments.