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Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island - Canada

PEI Health Card

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In Canada our tax money pays for health care. Basic health care services, like hospital and medical treatment, are free to residents of PEI. To access these services, you need to:

  • be legally entitled to be in Canada,
  • live in PEI for at least six months plus a day every year, and
  • have a PEI Health Card.

If you have a PEI Health Card, you should contact Medicare Services:

  • If there are any changes to your personal information, like a change of address or name
  • If you are planning to travel outside of the province or country for more than one month

The Health Card has an expiry date and needs to be renewed before it expires. The card is valid for five years.

You should apply for your PEI Health Card as soon as possible after you arrive in PEI. Each person has to have an individual card.

You must present your card each time you need health care services at a doctor's or a nurse practitioner's office, or the hospital.

Applying for a PEI Health Card

In order to get your PEI Health Card you must fill in a Personal Health Card Application form. You only need to fill in one form for yourself and any family members living with you. [See Related Resources]

In order to prove that you and your family members are legally entitled to be in Canada, you should include photocopies of at least one of the following with your application (for each person included in the application):


You should not allow another person to use your PEI Health Card and you should not use someone else's card.

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC),
  • Work Permit issued by CIC, or
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) issued by CIC and marriage certificate that shows you are married to a resident of PEI

Then mail in your completed application along with the copies of your document(s) to:

Medicare Services
PO Box 3000, 126 Douses Road
Montague, PE  C0A 1R0

Application forms can also be picked up at Access PEI, a doctor's or nurse practitioner's office, a pharmacy or at the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, or you can call Medicare Services and they can mail a form to you.
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Services Covered by PEI Health Card

Your PEI Health Card pays for the cost of most medically necessary services. Here are some examples of hospital and medical services covered by your card:

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You should carry your Health Card in your wallet at all times - it is not required by law, but it is a good idea in case of a medical emergency.

  • Most doctors' and nursing services
  • Hospital room, food, and supplies
  • Laboratory, radiological, and other diagnostic procedures
  • Necessary surgery and surgical supplies
  • Most services related to having a baby

Some examples of hospital and medical services not covered by your PEI Health Card are:


You can buy private health insurance to cover the health care services that are not covered by PEI Health Card.

  • Immunizations, flu shots, or travel vaccines
  • Most prescription drugs
  • Dental services
  • Eye exams and eye wear, like glasses or contacts
  • Appliances such as hearing aids, artificial limbs, or crutches
  • Ambulance and emergency air evacuation fees