Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island - Canada
Other Health Care Services
Services provided by private practice clinics have to be paid directly to the provider, either by the patient, or by the patient's additional health insurance plan. Most often used are vision and dental care services. There are other private services you might need or want, such as physiotherapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, etc. You can find these services listed in the Yellow Pages.
There are a number of other health care services and programs available to assist you with your health care needs. Some of those services are provided by the provincial health care system, and some by private practice health clinics.
Some of the provincial health care services are free for PEI residents, and for some there are fees. Some for-fee services are free for low-income families and children. Most of these services are listed under 'Health' in the Blue Pages (government) section of your phone book, or online [See Related Resources]. Here are some of the health care services and programs offered in PEI:
- School Health Program
- Children's Dental Care Program
- Adult Dental Program
- Community Nutrition Program
- Community Mental Health Services
- Speech Language Pathology Program
- Audiology Program
- Provincial Diabetes Program
- Living a Healthy Life Program
- Home Care Program
- Family Health Benefit Program
- Addictions Services
- Smoking Cessation Program
School Health Program
School Health program ensures that all elementary and junior high schools on the Island receive regular visits from Public Health Nurses. The nurses work with teachers to maintain a healthy school environment and assists with the health-related curriculum and classes. Services include vision and hearing screening tests, and health education.
In partnership with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, Public Health Nursing has established the Newcomers Immunization Clinic, which is often the first introduction to PEI Health Care Programs for new immigrants. At the clinic immunization is provided to newcomers so they meet Canadian immunization standards. Public Health Nursing conducts assessments for all the children that attend the clinic and appropriate referrals are made as needed to other health care providers.
Settlement Workers at the PEI ANC set up immunization appointments for children up to 18 years of age for all immigrant classes, and for everybody (children and adults) with refugee status. It is helpful to have the immunization record from your country of origin. If you do not have the record, but are sure that your child received certain vaccines, please consult with Public Health Nursing. If you are not sure if and which vaccines your child had received in the past, it is not harmful to receive all available vaccines again.
Once your child is enrolled in the school system, he or she will continue receiving vaccines through the regular immunization program.
Public Health Nursing offices provide immunization services for infants and pre-school children. Immunization is also offered through the public school system at no cost to all Island residents under 18 years of age or while attending school.
Seasonal flu vaccination is also available to all PEI residents at low cost. [See Related Resources]
Children's Dental Care Program
Children's Dental Care Program is offered to PEI children 3 to 17 years of age, and it includes preventive services, diagnostic and treatment services.
Preventive services include oral health education, cleaning and fluoride application. These services are provided by Dental Public Health staff in schools or preventive clinics. There is no cost for these services.
Diagnostic and treatment services are open to children ages 3 to 17 without a private dental insurance plan. They include examinations, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and root canal treatments on front teeth. There is an annual registration fee of $15 to a maximum of $35 per family. Parents are also expected to pay a 20% parent's contribution of the cost of treatment services (fillings, extractions). Families with a net annual income of less than $30,000 can apply for an exemption of the parent's contribution. [See Related Resources] These services are provided by private practice dentists and/or Dental Public Health clinics.
Adult Dental Program
Adult Dental Program is a pilot dental health program for adult Island residents with low incomes. With proof of income, this program will provide treatment for adults with dental problems. There is usually a long waiting time for this service, unless you are experiencing dental pain or infection.
[See Related Resources]
Community Nutrition Program
The purpose of the Community Nutrition Program is to improve health and well-being of the population by improving eating habits, particularly of high-risk pregnant women, infants, children, and low income families. This program offers education and assistance in prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, and nutrition education and consultation.
This service is free and you can get a referral to the program from your social worker, doctor, Public Health nurse, or financial worker, or by contacting a nutritionist directly.
Community Mental Health Services
The Community Mental Health Services offer professional assessment, consultation, treatment, psychological crisis intervention, medication monitoring, outreach, and needed support for persons with moderate to severe mental health problems and illnesses. Clients can access most of these services themselves, or can be referred by their family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Speech Language Pathology Program
Speech Language Pathology Program for preschool children and adults provides assessment, consultation, and intervention services for individuals who have communication difficulties. These may include speech sound articulation problems, language difficulties, stuttering, voice problems, etc. Priority in this program is given to preschool children.
The Audiology Program provides assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation to individuals who have auditory disorders or hearing problems. Children can access the Audiology Program directly, and adults require a referral from their family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Provincial Diabetes Program
The purpose of the Diabetes Program is to maintain or enhance the quality of life for people affected by diabetes in PEI. This is done by providing diabetes education and management advice to clients and their families. Those living with diabetes who need assistance can contact the program directly to set up an appointment with a nurse, dietitian or social worker. Referral from a clinician is not required.
Living a Healthy Life Program
Living a Healthy Life is a practical program that helps people with ongoing health conditions (such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, asthma, etc.) overcome daily challenges and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Throughout the program, people develop the skills they need to help themselves. They gain confidence and motivation to manage their health, and feel more positive about their lives.
Home Care Program
Home Care Program provides health care and support services to assist individuals who need help due to illness, injury or old age. The Program helps clients recover or maintain health, and achieve and maintain personal independence. These services supplement the care and support available from family and friends.
The Program provides needs assessment, care coordination, nursing, personal care, occupational and physical therapies, palliative care, community-based dialysis, assessment for nursing home admission and community support services, etc.
Family Health Benefit Program
Family Health Benefit Program helps families with children with the cost of approved prescription drugs. Eligibility is based on family size and the net family income from the previous year.
Addictions Services help Islanders with addiction problems live healthy, successful lives without relying on alcohol, drugs, or addictive behaviours. Treatment is based on a disease model with a goal of abstinence through the support of self-help groups.
Addiction Services are provided through offices in the Prince, Queens, and Kings Counties. The Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility in Mt. Herbert provides both inpatient (overnight) and outpatient treatment.
Smoking Cessation Program
The Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help smokers stop using tobacco. Individual and group counseling programs are available across the province at no cost.