Health services in Alberta

In accordance with the Canada Health Act, Alberta's publicly administered and funded health care system guarantees that eligible residents of Alberta receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services.

All new and returning Alberta residents must register for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.

Alberta Health provides additional health care benefits to the services required by the Canada Health Act.

Alberta Aids to Daily Living

Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) assists Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, in maintaining independence in their community. AADL provides funding for basic medical equipment and supplies to meet clinically assessed needs,

Drug coverage and supplementary health benefits

The Alberta government provides supplementary health benefits for eligible Albertans. Use the information below to make informed decisions on the drug and health benefits coverage you need.

Continuing care system

Alberta’s continuing care system provides Albertans with the health, personal care and accommodation services needed to support independence and quality of life. 

Protection for Persons in Care

A safe and secure environment – where people are free from abuse and neglect – is necessary for well-being and quality of life. Protection for Persons in Care promotes prevention and responds to reports of abuse of adult Albertans receiving care or support services from publicly-funded service providers.

Health benefits and services

Primary health care

Primary health care is the first place people go for health care or wellness advice and programs, treatment of a health issue or injury, or to diagnose and manage a health condition.

Alberta Blood Office

The Alberta Blood Office is responsible for managing the blood supply in Alberta through the Alberta Blood Coordinating Program. 

Syrian refugees and health care in Alberta

Syrian refugees coming to Alberta will be supported with the health services they need in their communities. Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services are working with community partners, immigration and refugee organizations, and health care providers to ensure that happens.

Health delivery and promotion in Alberta

Alberta Health is the provincial government ministry responsible for setting, monitoring and enforcing provincial health policy and standards; some health and seniors programs; and managing health capital planning, procurement and outcome measures.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for the planning and delivery of health supports and services to 4 million adults and children living in Alberta.

Health services are delivered through health professionals in fee-for-service practice and others who provide equipment, supplies and services. Some public health services may also be provided by private health care clinics.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) is an independent organization legislated under the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act. The HQCA’s mandate is to promote and improve health service quality and patient safety on a provincewide basis and to provide Albertans with an independent assessment of the quality, safety and performance of the province’s health system.