Nova Scotia provincial health plan
What’s covered by the provincial government health plan?
The Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance (MSI) Plan is the provincial plan for all Nova Scotia residents. It provides coverage for most of your basic healthcare.
Are you covered?
To qualify, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident that makes his or her home in Nova Scotia. You must also be in the province for 183 days each year and register with MSI. Certain exceptions apply.Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window
How personal insurance can keep you covered
Personal health insurance can help supplement your coverage where you need it most.
Cover unexpected costs
Though you’re covered, you still pay for some of your provincial health coverage. Personal health insurance can help make sure you aren't paying out of pocket for unexpected expenses.
Knowing the gaps in provincial plans and the workplace coverage you have can help make sure you have the coverage you and your family needs.
Help save money
Taking care of your health now means avoiding serious illnesses or paying for expensive treatments later. Personal insurance can help you get the services and care you need without the big cost.
These highlights from the Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance Plan are for general reference only and are subject to change, corrections and updates. Other government programs may also be available. For more information on the latest coverage details, contact:
Department of Health and Wellness
P.O. Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Toll-free in Nova Scotia: 800-387-6665
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Last updated: March 2021