Your Health Card is one of the most important documents you need to get when you land in Alberta as a newcomer. New immigrants can apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) at a registry office and receive your Alberta Personal Health Card.
The AHCIP provides eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services and some dental and oral surgical health services. However, routine dental care services, such as cleaning, fillings, and extraction of wisdom teeth, and dentures are not covered under the AHCIP. Dental care services can be very costly to newcomers, but there are support & resources in the community to help you cover the cost:
Services are free and include:
- Dental screenings,
- Education and referrals.