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Nunavut Health Care Card and Medical Insurance

The Territory of Nunavut has health care coverage and medical insurance like most provinces in Canada.

Having your Nunavut Health care card is so reassuring. It gives your access to world-standard health care anywhere in the territory whenever you need it. Canadians and international students living in Nunavut access health care and insurance services using a card.

To get your Nunavut health care card, you will need to be a resident in the province and enroll in the public-funded health insurance program.

In this brief article, we’ll cover:

  • Types of health insurance plans in Nunavut,
  • NU health care insurance plan,
  • Who is eligible for NU health insurance,
  • Nunavut health card,
  • How to enroll and apply for your Nunavut health care card (including requirements),
  • What you can do with your Nunavut health card,
  • How to renew your Nunavut health card, and
  • What to do if you lose your Nunavut health card.

Types of Health Insurance Plans in Nunavut

There are two types of health insurance plans you can buy when you’re a resident in Nunavut province. They are:

  1. Nunavut health insurance plan.
  2. Private health insurance.

#1 Nunavut health insurance plan

This is the government-sponsored health insurance plan in the province and it is mandatory for all residents.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and new residents that choose Nunavut as their province of choice are highly encouraged to register for this health insurance plan as soon as they move into the province.

Upon registration, you will get your unique Nunavut health care card. Your card gives you access to medical services in any public-funded hospital in the province.

If you’re qualified to register for this insurance plan, you are advised to purchase 3-month private health insurance from the day you register for Nunavut health care.

Why?

Nunavut health care kicks in three months after registration. For example, if you register on July 1st, your coverage begins on October 1st.

Private health insurance is meant to cover you till your Nunavut health insurance kicks in.

#2 Private health insurance

Since the NU health insurance kicks in three months after registration, Nunavut residents are advised to purchase private health insurance to cover them for that brief period.

Make sure you don’t buy more than three months so you don’t end up wasting money on unclaimed insurance plans.

There are four private health insurance programs available in Nunavut province.

They are:

  1. Manulife Insurance
  2. Sun Life Insurance
  3. Green Shield, and
  4. Blue Cross.

NU health care insurance plan

The Nunavut health care plan is available to qualified Nunavut residents. It covers the cost of their insured medical services in and out of the territory.

The plan also covers the costs of your prescription drugs, medical supplies and necessary medical travels.

The Nunavut Health Care Plan is managed by the Nunavut Health Insurance Programs Office in Rankin Inlet. The office makes sure that all registered Nunavut residents have immediate access to necessary medical services.

Nunavut health care card

Once you apply for Nunavut Health Care Plan, you will be sent your Nunavut health care card. Your card confirms that you’re enrolled and entitled to receive medical benefits. With your card, you will quickly receive medical services in any public-funded facility.

This card is unique to the holder and its benefits are not transferable. Each Nunavut health care card has a unique 9-digit number that uniquely identifies the holder.

You must produce your card at hospitals, health centers, nursing stations, public health offices or doctors’ offices in and out of Nunavut to cover your health bills. Failure to produce the card may mean that you’ll have to pay the invoice upfront before any medical service is rendered.

Not to worry, if you happen to pay for any invoiced services while you’re covered by the insurance plan, you will be fully refunded.

Applying for repayment for insured medical services

Nunavut health card holder that had to pay upfront or are invoiced can apply for reimbursement from the Health Insurance Programs Office at the address below:

Nunavut Health Insurance Programs Office
Department of Health,
Box 889,
Rankin Inlet, NU,
X0C 0G0.

Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) 645-8092
Toll-Free: (800) 661-0833
E-mail: [email protected]

Eligibility for Nunavut health insurance and Nunavut health card

Nunavut health care plan is not open to anyone. Certain requirements must be met before you can apply to this health care insurance plan.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Nunavut. That is, Nunavut must be your primary place of residence.
  • Hold an employment or student visa valid for at least one year. The work or study visa must have a Nunavut address.

Who is NOT eligible?

  • Visitors/tourists to Nunavut,
  • Workers with contracts less than one year,
  • PR students with residence in a province or territory that’s not Nunavut,
  • Residents with work or study visas valid for less than one year,
  • NU Residents with study or work visas without a Nunavut address, and
  • Federal penitentiary inmates.

How to apply for Nunavut health care card/plan

Applying for the Nunavut health care plan is very simple. You just have to download or get the required form, fill the form correctly and mail it to the correct address.

If you’d like to pick up your form, forms are available at:

  • All community health centres,
  • All nursing stations in Nunavut,
  • The Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, and
  • The Health Insurance Programs Office in Rankin Inlet.

New resident application for Nunavut health care plan

As a new resident, you can easily apply in four simple steps:

Step #1:Download, print and fill out your application form.

Step #2: Scan two clear copies of your ID (birth certificate, valid passport or valid immigration documents) plus one secondary document (previous health care, employment ID or valid driver’s license).
If you need more clarification, please contact [email protected] or 1-800-661-0833.

Step #3: Scan your proof of residency document. (It must confirm your intention to make Nunavut your main place of residence for over 12 months and that you are not a temporary or rotational worker). This document can be your letter from your employer or job contract indicating the term.
If you need more clarification, please contact [email protected] or 1-800-661-0833.

Step #4: Email your completed application form along with clear copies of all necessary documents to [email protected]

To apply by mail, simply mail your form along with the necessary documents to:

Department of Health
Health Insurance Programs
Government of Nunavut
Attention: Health Care Registrations Department
BOX 889 Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (NU) X0C 0G0

Phone: 1-800661-0833
Email: [email protected]

Application steps for newborn babies to the Nunavut health care plan

You can apply for your newborn in three simple steps:

Step #1: Download the Application form for newborn babies.

Step #2: Print the form and fill out your application (don’t forget to turn it over!)

Step #3: Mail your completed form to:

Nunavut Health Insurance Programs Office
Department of Health
Box 889
Rankin Inlet, NU
X0C 0G0

Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) 645-8092
Toll-Free: (800) 661-0833

You may also email the completed form to [email protected]

Remember though: The Nunavut Health Insurance Programs Office will let you know if you are eligible for NHCP.

What you can do with your Nunavut health card

With your health care card, you will be quickly assisted in any public-funded hospital in and out of Nunavut.

The card must be presented by the rightful owner since the card benefits are not transferable.

How to renew your Nunavut health card

The Nunavut health care card does not expire. However, it automatically renews itself every two years based on the holder’s birth month.

Renewal is affected by factors like change of address, update of personal information, loss of card, etc.

If any of these apply to you, the next subheading is for you.

What to do if you lose your Nunavut health card

You are required to contact the Health Insurance Programs Office in Rankin Inlet if you:

  • Lose your card,
  • Need to effect a change in your personal information,
  • Leave Nunavut for at least three months, or
  • Want to move out of Nunavut.

To renew your card for any of the reasons stated above, you’ll need to download the Change of Information form, fill it, and mail it back to the programs office.

The forms are also available at all health centres and nursing stations in Nunavut and at the Health Insurance Programs Office in Rankin Inlet.

Steps required to renew/restore your Nunavut health card

Step #1: Download the application form for change of personal information (it’s the same form for all cases)

Step #2: Print and fill the form. Don’t forget to provide copies of required documents (see back of the application form)

Step #3: Submit your form. You can scan the documents and email them to [email protected] or mail physical copies to:
Health Care Registrations
Department of Health
Box 889
Rankin Inlet, NU
X0C 0G0

Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) 645-8092
Toll-Free: (800) 661-0833

In conclusion, the health card is like a visa to access medical services provided by the territorial government in Nunavut. You may check out resources from Nunavut.