AHCIP – Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) covers all eligible Albertans for insured hospital and physician services in Alberta. You should register for the plan, and always carry your Alberta Personal Health Card with you. Open the sections below for more information and links.
Fort McMurray fire victims – replacement Alberta Personal Health Cards
If you've lost or left your Alberta Personal Health Card because of the fire, we can help.
- Albertans are not denied medical attention in an emergency because you are not able to provide an Alberta Personal Health Card. In most cases, you may be asked to show photo identification and current address information to prove your identity.
You will be asked to notify your healthcare provider when you receive your replacement card or have other insurance details.
In the unlikely event that you do receive a bill for an insured medical service you will be reimbursed. After you receive your replacement Alberta Personal Health Card, you may obtain reimbursement for the medical services by providing your personal health number to the doctor's office or health care clinic, requesting the office submit a claim to Alberta Health as a "payment to patient." If you were eligible for AHCIP coverage on the day of the service you will be reimbursed for any insured services.
- To get your replacement card, please contact us
- Your Alberta Personal Health Card can be mailed to a temporary address
Register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
All eligible Albertans should register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services, and always carry your health card and photo ID.
- Who should register
- Are you eligible?
- Forms – to register and update information
- How to register
- Where to register
- Temporary residents, foreign students, temporary workers
Update your information
Life happens. Maybe you've moved, maybe you've had a baby. Regardless of what your status in life is and the changes that occur, it is important to update your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan information.
- Forms – to update information
- Replace your card
- Status / Life changes – children, students, turning 21, turning 65/Seniors, marriage or divorce
- Cancel your AHCIP coverage
Health care coverage in Alberta
Alberta’s health-care plan provides Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician and some specific dental and oral-surgical health services. All new and returning Alberta residents must register for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.
Read more about services available to Albertans:
- What is covered by Alberta health care
- What isn’t covered
- Coverage outside Alberta
- Statement of Benefits Paid
- Drug coverage and services
Travel outside of Alberta
Alberta Health Care coverage doesn’t pay for all medical costs when you travel outside the province, even within Canada. For example, it doesn’t cover treatment in a clinic, prescription drugs, ambulance services, physical therapy, and more.
Find out more about medical coverage for services outside of Alberta:
- Health coverage travel checklist, extended absences
- Coverage outside Alberta but within Canada
- Coverage outside Canada
- Submitting a claim to the AHCIP
- Out-of-Country Health Services Committee and Appeal Panel
Carry your Alberta health card and photo ID
It’s important to carry your personal health care card and photo identification with you at all times. If you need to visit a doctor’s office or hospital in Alberta or Canada you may be asked to show them.
- Your personal health care card and photo identification ensures eligible Albertans receive publicly-funded health services.
- Your photo identification and current address will be used to prove your identity.
- If you don't show your card or are not eligible, you might have to pay for health services before receiving them.
Your health care card and up-to-date information is vital to obtaining health services.
Visitors to Alberta from other Canadian provinces or territories
If you're from another Canadian province or territory, you should carry your health insurance card with you when visiting Alberta.
- You need to present your personal health card to the Alberta physician or hospital treating you, even though you remain covered under your home province or territory’s health insurance plan.
- You may need to pay up front for non-emergency services if the Alberta physician or hospital doesn’t accept your personal health card; you can apply for reimbursement of your healthcare expenses when you return to your home province or territory.
- Before leaving your home province or territory, check with your health insurance plan to ensure you’ll be adequately covered while visiting Alberta; provincial and territorial health insurance plans don’t cover all out-of-province medical costs.
- It’s always a good idea to purchase travel medical insurance, even when travelling within Canada.