Out-of-country health services appeal process

Decisions made by the Out-of-Country Health Services Committee (Committee) can be appealed to the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel (Appeal Panel) within 60 days of receiving the Committee’s decision.

How to submit an appeal

The Alberta resident or a physician or dentist acting on the resident’s behalf may submit an appeal.

A written notice of appeal must be submitted to the Appeal Panel within 60 calendar days of receiving the Committee’s decision.

NOTE: The Appeal Panel can review only the application materials originally submitted to the Committee in an application made on behalf of the resident. The Appeal Panel is not authorized to review new information obtained after the Committee rejected an application.

Send the appeal to:

Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel
PO Box 1360, Station Main
Edmonton, AB T5J 2N3
Fax: 780-644-1445
Phone: 780-638-3899

Appeal decisions

The Appeal Panel has 60 calendar days from the date it receives the written notice of appeal to make its decision. Once a decision has been made, the Appeal Panel will notify the appellant of its decision in writing within 20 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).

NOTE: All Appeal Panel decisions are final.

Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel

The Appeal Panel was established under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act and continues under the Out-of-Country Health Services Regulation.

  • The Appeal Panel is an independent panel that operates at arm’s length from the Out-of-Country Health Services Committee and the Ministry of Health and that hears appeals of Committee funding decisions.
  • The Appeal Panel consists of 6 members: 4 Alberta physicians, 1 ethicist, and 1 member of the general public who are appointed by the Minister of Health.

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