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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

What’s covered with MSI
Prescription drugs

The Seniors’ Pharmacare Program covers those over 65 who live in Nova Scotia with a valid health card. You can’t have any other coverage from another plan and must pay an  annual premium, as well as a co-payment to the program or at the pharmacy.Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window

 

There is also a Family Pharmacare Program that covers those under 65. Similar rules apply for eligibility as the program is available to Nova Scotia residents with a health card that do not have any other coverage. There are some exceptions.Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window

Ambulance

The province pays the cost of transportation between approved facilities for Nova Scotia residents with a health card. In other instances, you will be charged a flat fee.

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Dental benefits Basic coverage like yearly checkups, cleanings and fillings are available to those under the age of 14.Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window
Vision care

Residents under the age of 9 or over 65 are covered for 1 routine eye exam every 2 years. No coverage available for glasses or contact lenses.

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Hospital You’re covered for standard ward rooms only. Learn more about hospital stays.Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window
Paramedicals

Chiropractic, podiatrist, naturopath, massage therapy or osteopath services are not covered. Coverage available for physiotherapy if provided at a hospital.

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Hearing aids and medical supplies

No coverage available.

Nursing benefits and home care Home care coverage varies by need and costs are based on your income. If you qualify, the Home Care program provides coverage for a variety of services in your home and community. Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window

Medical supplies

Some coverage is available for arm and leg prostheses and mastectomy protheses for those that meet eligibility criteria. Learn more about medical supply coverage. Opens a new website in a new window - Opens in a new window  

Accidental death and dismemberment

No coverage available. 

Out of country

There is coverage for emergency in-patient services with a daily maximum plus a percentage of ancillary fees incurred. Doctor fees covered due to an accident or sudden illness during a temporary absence from the country based on Nova Scotia rates.

No coverage for out-patient services.

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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.

  • Plan ahead

    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.

Talk to an advisor today

Government health coverage varies from province-to-province. Let’s build a plan so you and your family are protected.

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
Phone: 902-424-5818
Toll-free in Nova Scotia: 800-387-6665 
TTY/TDD: 800-670-8888
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Last updated: March 2021