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Tax Rates/Credits   ->   Alberta Tax -> Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

Effective October 1, 2004, seniors at all income levels were exempt from Alberta health care insurance premiums.

Effective January 1, 2009, health care insurance premiums were entirely eliminated.  This was announced in the Alberta 2008 budget.

Through the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, Alberta residents have full coverage for medically necessary physician and specific dental and oral surgical health services provided by dentists.  It is necessary to register for AHCIP coverage to received insured hospital and physician services, if you are new to or returning to Alberta.

Prescription Drug Program

Albertans are responsible for the cost of prescription drugs provided to them outside hospitals, auxiliary hospitals, and nursing homes.

All Albertans have access to prescription drug benefits through the Alberta government sponsored drug program.  Lower income Albertans with Non-Group Drug Plan premiums can apply for premium subsidies for the current benefit year.  The premium subsidy is based on taxable income for the prior year.

All Albertans age 65 and older, and their dependents, receive premium-free coverage under the prescription drug program.  This coverage is also available to all recipients of the Alberta Widows' Pension and their dependents.

Health and Wellness Alberta Resources

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

Drug Coverage and Health Benefits

Revised: October 26, 2023


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