All residents of Saskatchewan, whether you are a returning Canadian, a foreign national, an international student or just moving into Saskatchewan from another province, you will be expected to register for the Health Card to enjoy the benefits of the Saskatchewan Health Care Card and Insurance Plans.
You can also do this for yourself, your spouse, and other dependents that will be living with you. Here is what you need to know about Saskatchewan Health Care Card and Insurance Plans.
In this article
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Eligibility
- Eligibility for People Moving from Saskatchewan
- Eligibility for People moving to Saskatchewan
- Eligibility for special classes of new residents
- Eligibility for Saskatchewan residents
- Eligibility for Students
- Temporary Absence from Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Update or Replacement
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Update
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Replacement
- How to apply for Saskatchewan Health Care Card
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Coverage
- Saskatchewan Health Care Card Coverage Exclusion
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Eligibility
The eligibility status for Saskatchewan Health Care Card apply differently to different people:
Eligibility for People Moving from Saskatchewan
Families that will be moving at the same time to another Canadian province from Saskatchewan are eligible to use Saskatchewan Health Card for the remaining days of the month in which they moved, and another complete two months.
You will have to contact eHealth Saskatchewan to inform them of your moving date and your new address.
Before the expiration of the Saskatchewan Health Card, you should register for the health care of your new province upon arrival so you would also enjoy their health benefits.
Married/Common-Law Couples Moving on Different Dates
If you will be moving to another Canadian province from Saskatchewan and your spouse intends to join you in the next 12 months, the both of you will still be eligible to use the Saskatchewan Health Care Card until the end of the second month after your spouse has left Saskatchewan province.
In a situation where your spouse will not be joining you in the next 12 months after you depart from Saskatchewan, then the eligibility status of each of you will be considered separately.
Saskatchewan health coverage will be valid for the first spouse that left until the end of the 12 months, while the spouse that will be joining later will have Saskatchewan health coverage up until the first day of the third calendar month after he or she has arrived.
Eligibility for People moving to Saskatchewan
Families that will be moving at the same time from another Canadian province to Saskatchewan will be eligible for Saskatchewan Health coverage from the first day of the third month after they have fully become Saskatchewan residents.
Before the commencement of Saskatchewan Health coverage, it is expected that your home province health coverage will still be valid for you and your family.
Married/Common-Law Couples Moving on Different Dates
If you will be moving to Saskatchewan from another province and your spouse will be joining you within the next 12 months, both of you will be eligible for Saskatchewan Health coverage from the first day of the third month after the arrival of your spouse in Saskatchewan province.
In a situation where your spouse will not be joining you within the next 12 months after you arrive in Saskatchewan, then the eligibility status of each of you will be considered separately.
Saskatchewan health coverage will be valid for the first spouse that arrives in the province from the end of the 12 months, while the spouse that will be joining later will have Saskatchewan health coverage from the first day of the third calendar month after he or she has arrived.
Either way, your former province health coverage should be valid for you and your family until the period when Saskatchewan health coverage will take effect.
Eligibility for special classes of new residents
New residents coming into Saskatchewan from outside Canada may be eligible for Saskatchewan health coverage on, or before, the first day of the third month after they have arrived in the province if they are among any of the following groups:
- Returning Canadian citizens
- International students
- Permanent residents (landed immigrants)
- Non-immigrants in connection with their trade or profession in Canada
- People discharged from the Canadian Forces
- Returning spouses of Canadian Forces members
Eligibility for Saskatchewan residents
Residents of Saskatchewan who live in the province for at least five months in a year are still eligible for Saskatchewan health coverage.
Also, an inmate of a federal penitentiary or members of the Canadian Forces is covered under federal government programs. Their spouses and will have to register with eHealth Saskatchewan as they are eligible for provincial coverage.
Eligibility for Students
Students who are temporarily studying outside Saskatchewan within Canada
If you are a student who is studying outside Saskatchewan within Canada and plan to live in Saskatchewan when you are done with your studies, then you will have to go online and update your health registration information, or print and complete the following forms:
Students who are temporarily studying outside Canada
Students who are studying abroad need to apply for their extra medical insurance before they leave Canada. This is so because the cost of health care outside Canada is mostly more expensive and Saskatchewan’s out-of-country health coverage is very limited.
If you are a student who is studying outside Saskatchewan and plan to live in Saskatchewan when you are done with your studies, you will have to go online and update your health registration information, or print and complete the following forms to be able to retain your limited out-of-country health coverage:
Students from other provinces studying in Saskatchewan
If you are a student who is studying in Saskatchewan but from other provinces, you must retain your health coverage with your home province.
Should you need more information and clarification, you can contact your home province’s Health Registries department.
International students studying in Saskatchewan may be eligible for Saskatchewan health coverage. They will need to add a valid Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and proof of full-time enrolment at an accredited educational institution in Saskatchewan.
Temporary Absence from Saskatchewan
If you will be temporarily absent from Saskatchewan for more than seven months in the course of going for a:
- A vacation, visiting, business engagement, or employment within Canada for up to 12 months,
- An employment contract outside of Canada for a maximum of 24 months,
then you will need to notify eHealth or complete the Notification of Extended Absence form.
Please note: If the health department decides not to give you a Saskatchewan Health Card and you disagree with that decision, you can always contact eHealth Saskatchewan, or complete the Appeal Form.
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Update or Replacement
To enhance the timely processing of health claims, all information on your health care needs to be up-to-date and accurate. An inaccurate Health Care Card registration information can lead to the suspension of your health benefits.
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Update
Your Health care card information should be updated if:
- Your name changes
- Your address changes
- Family unit changes due to marriage, divorce, separation, common-law, reconciliation, addition or removal of dependents
- You need to correct information on your Health Card
- have updated immigration documents
- Your Health Card is expired
- You will be absent from Saskatchewan for an extended period.
- You return from an extended absence
- Appointment of Power of Attorney
You can update your personal information by completing and emailing or mailing the following applicable forms to eHealth Saskatchewan:
- Change of address
- Legal change of name
- Corrections of name, date of birth, or sex
- Change to the family unit
- Updated immigration documents
- Appointment of a Power of Attorney
- Extended absence from Saskatchewan
- Return from an extended absence
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Replacement
If your health care card has been damaged, misplaced, or stolen, you will need to replace it to have a valid Health Card and ensure your health care coverage.
To successfully replace your health care card, you can do one of the following:
- Request a replacement of your Health Care Card Online or
- Print and complete a Request for Replacement of Health Card form
- Mail, fax, or email the completed form and other supporting documentation.
How to apply for Saskatchewan Health Care Card
If you want to apply for Saskatchewan Health Care Card, you will need to do the following:
- You need to find out if you are eligible to apply for yourself and if you can apply for someone else.
- Ensure that you have all the necessary supporting documents that should be added to your application.
- Commence your application online.
Also, you can decide to print and complete the Health card Application form, then email, mail or fax it with all supporting documents.
Please note: The processing of Health card applications is usually between four to six weeks after the application has been received. This timeframe excludes the mailing period.
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Coverage
The following are the items that are fully covered by the Saskatchewan provincial government through the health care card:
- Laboratory services and diagnostic procedures
- Medical examinations and visits to a family doctor or physician
- Physiotherapy or occupational therapy
- Medical services through hospitals, community agencies, private clinics, or special care homes that have a contract with the Saskatchewan Health Authority
- Access to mental health services through the Saskatchewan Health Authority
- Mammogram screening for women aged 50 to 69
- Treatment of STIs and AIDS testing
- Medically necessary dental surgery
- Immunizations for children and influenza vaccine for all residents aged 6 months and older
- Drug, alcohol, and gambling addiction treatment through the Saskatchewan Health Authority or Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan
- Home care services including case assessment, home nursing, and occupational therapy
Also, there is partial coverage for the following:
- Podiatry and chiropodist services
- Ambulance for seniors, up to CAD 275
- Optometric services for children aged 17 and under or residents who have diabetes or eye trauma
- Air ambulance for medical services, as ordered by a medical practitioner
- Some public homecare services, such as meals, home maintenance, and housework
Saskatchewan Health Care Card Coverage Exclusion
The following are not covered by the Saskatchewan health care card:
- Prescription drugs
- Air ambulance, unless necessary for medical treatment
- Routine dental services
- Ground ambulance, except for seniors
- Medical examinations for insurance or employment
- Complementary or paramedical services, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and naturopaths