Mary Alexander: Hi! I'm Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care and today, I'm talking about resources where you can find valuable information about your Canadian Medicare coverage, as well as supplemental insurance. For a general overview of the Canada Health Act and the basics of what is required to be covered by the 13 provincial and territorial plans, you should visit Health Canada, the official government website at hc-sc.
ca. There you will find links to the Healthcare System, Healthy Living tips, Consumer and Workplace Safety notices, Drug and Health Product information and Food and Nutrition ideas, among others. Your next step should be to visit the Health Ministry site of the province or territory where you reside. Another helpful government site with General services and information is Service Canada at servicecananda.
ca. Here you can narrow down choices of information based on the residents, age, veteran status, and employment. If you are a senior, another very helpful government site is Seniors Canada at seniors.
ca. This site contains links to senior services and benefits, elder abuse information, retirement and pension information, as well as information for caregivers who work with seniors. While you have general health insurance coverage through Medicare, a number of life circumstances, such as the birth of a child, a new job or pending retirement may cause you to look at your provincial or territorial healthcare coverage to determine if it meets all of your needs or if you need to add some supplemental coverage. For example, eye care and dental coverage may be two items you want to add. You may also consider purchasing extended healthcare plans which offers services such as Chiropractor, Podiatrists, Psychologist, or approved social worker, Homecare and nursing, Prosthetic appliances, Durable medical equipment and Hearing aids. Supplemental Health Insurance may be offered through an employer or you can purchase it privately. Some considerations to keep in mind when looking at Supplemental Insurance coverage are the exact services offered, premium costs, co-pays and deductibles and determining the best time to purchase. Your provincial or territorial Health Ministry will have all the information you need about government health coverage. It is your health, so being an educated consumer will go a long way toward helping you make the best healthcare decisions possible.