Medical Services

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Medical Services

Health Care Coverage in Alberta
All new and returning Alberta residents must register for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.
 
Eligible residents of Alberta receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services. Alberta Health provides additional health care benefits to the services required by the Canada Health Act.
 
Military family members being posted to the province may use their health care insurance from the province in which they came for a maximum of three months. You must get Alberta Health Care no later than three months after your arrival to Alberta.

When you apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage, you must provide supporting documents that prove:
  • Alberta residency,
  • Identity, and
  • Legal entitlement to be in Canada.
You will also need to complete the application form.

Visit the Alberta Health Care information page for more information.

General Services
Alberta Health and Wellness contains information about how to access health care services. Toll free access within Alberta, first dial 310-0000.
 
Alberta Health Services provides comprehensive information about all the health services in Calgary and region, with listings for hospitals, public health centre’s, care facilities, clinics and emergency services. You can even contact them to find a family physician fluent in your native language.
 
Health Link Alberta is a 24 hour, seven days a week telephone health advice service answered by registered nurses that anyone in Alberta Health Services can access can call toll free to discuss their health concerns. The result is a more knowledgeable public, fewer hospital visits and healthier communities. 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
 
College of Physicians and Surgeons is an excellent  resource for finding a local doctor who is currently accepting new patients. Phone 1-800-561-3899 for more information.
 
Dentists
Alberta Dental Association and College provides information on finding dentists in your area. The toll-free number (within Alberta) is 1-800-843-3848.
 
Optometrists
College of Optometrists provides information on finding an optometrist. If you have a medical problem with your eyes, make an appointment with a family physician who will refer you to an eye specialist. Phone toll-free 1-800-668-2694 for more information.
 
Walk-in Clinics
Medicentres are walk-in health care clinics open seven days a week where no appointment is necessary, but wait times can get quite long. Phone 780-483-7115 for more information.