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Yukon Health Card and Medical Insurance

Learn about Yukon Health Card and Medical Insurance, we will give answers to some of your questions concerning Yukon health care.

The Yukon Health Care Insurance plan or simply YHCIP is the official health care plan for Yukon residents that provides coverage for medically required hospital and medical services, and certain dental-surgical procedures.

Yukon Health Care Insurance coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Yukon. Every permanent Yukon residents can enjoy and take advantage this provincial health benefits.

One of the benefits for newcomers moving to Canada is access to publicly funded health care, which has a reputation of being world-class.

If you’re a Yukon resident, you can apply to the Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan to get health care in the territory. If you’re new to Yukon, once you’ve been a resident for 3 months you’re eligible for insured health services.

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Yukon Health Care coverage

Yukon Health Care Insurance coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Yukon. Every permanent Yukon residents can enjoy and take advantage this provincial health benefits.

Once you have applied for the card and it gets approved, you will receive your Quebec Health Care Card.

Healthcare in Canada is one of the best systems in the world. Many people want to move to Canada for their healthcare system to ensure their family is well taken care of.

Although much of the healthcare is free in Canada there are some restrictions for immigrants and some procedures to be informed about.

Canada is one of the countries in North America and it has ten provinces. Each of these provinces has its health care system.

One of the benefits for newcomers moving to Canada is access to publicly funded health care, which has a reputation of being world-class

Eligibility for Yukon Health Card

To be eligible for the Yukon Health Insurance Plan you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or have immigration status;
  • make your permanent home in Yukon; and
  • be physically present in Yukon, and not absent for more than 6 months, without a waiver from Insured Health Services.
  • To be eligible for health care in Yukon, you must be authorized to stay in Canada, establish primary residence in the province and not be absent from Quebec for 183 days or more in the first 12 months of settling there.

Requirement needed to Apply for Yukon health care Insurance

To register for Yukon Health Insurance Plan you’ll need to bring photocopies of:

  • a Canadian birth certificate;
  • a Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident status card; plus
  • a secondary piece of ID for all people listed.

Proof of residency

You must prove your residency when applying for Yukon Health Care Insurance. You can use the following as proof:

  • utility bills;
  • plane ticket to Yukon;
  • pay stubs;
  • bills in your name from Yukon businesses;
  • rental agreement or receipts in your name; or

a letter from your employer.

Yukon YHCIP Health Benefits

Here are the medical benefits covered by the plan.

The plan covers the services of physicians, medical specialists and hospital services considered as medical necessities.

  •  Hospital services are covered only if the hospital is publicly funded.
  •  If physician services are carried out in a hospital, the patient’s home, or at the accident scene, they will be covered by the plan.
  • The services of physicians during pregnancy.
  • Dental surgeries performed in an approved hospital facility.Air and ground ambulance transportation within the province. No fee is involved here.

The plan covers the following programs:

  • Children’s Dental Program: This service specifically targets children from newborn babies in either Grade 8 or Grade 12, depending on where the kid lives.
  • Drug and Optical Program for Kids: This provides children from low-income families and below 18 years of assistance with prescription drug and eye care costs.
  • Chronic Disease and Disability Benefits Program: This offers financial assistance to residents suffering from chronic diseases and/or functional disabilities considered to be serious. It covers medical supplies, prescription drugs, and durable medical equipment.
  •  Pharmacare and Extended Health Benefits: Seniors 60 and above married to Seniors above 64 can take advantage of the Pharmacare and extended health benefits. This plan provides assistance to obtain dental care, prescription drugs, medical supplies, and equipment as well as vision care.
  •  Hearing Services: This plan is made available to all Yukon residents and it includes coverage for the repair and dispensing of hearing aids as well as for hearing examinations, and also assistive listening devices.
  • Travel for Medical Treatment: If a resident requires to travel to the nearest qualified facility for medically necessary treatment, the transportation cost could be covered by this plan. However, it is required that the trips tarts in Yukon.

Yukon Health Care Insurance Hospital Benefit

the following are the hospital benefit:

  •  Meals and accommodations provided at standard ward rates. It does not cover the cost difference between private and semi-private hospital rooms.
  •  X-rays, laboratory services and other diagnostic services.
  •  Medically necessary nursing services and other medically important hospital services.• Radiotherapy and physiotherapy.
  •  Prescription drugs administered in a hospital, and
  •  Certain outpatient services

The following hospital services are not covered by the plan:

  • Semi-private and private hospital rooms.
  •  Services rendered in nursing homes.
  •  Prescription drugs required to be used outside of the hospital.
  •  Medical devices like crutches, and
  •  Dental procedures are not covered but if the process has been prior approved, it may be covered if it is carried out in a hospital.

How to Apply for a Yukon Health Card

  • You must register in person with the Government of Yukon to receive Yukon Health Care Insurance.
    In Whitehorse: 4th floor, 204 Lambert Street. In rural communities, application forms are available at all territorial agents.
  • Visit a service point with your completed and signed registration form and two pieces of ID. Depending on which service point you visit, you will either have your photo taken there for a fee or will have to provide a photo.
  • Once your application has been processed, a letter will be mailed to you indicating the date from which you are eligible to receive the Yukon Health Insurance Plan. Your card will be sent to you in the 14 days following that date.

Using your Health Insurance Card

With your Health Insurance Card, you benefit from a range of services covered under theYukon Health Insurance Plan. One card only is issued per person. Make sure to have a valid card at all times by renewing it before the required deadline.

Card use

You have to present your valid Health Insurance Card to receive the services covered by the public plan, such as medical, dental, optometry and pharmaceutical services. During elections, when identity checks are performed, you may also be asked to present your Health Insurance Card.

You are responsible for your Health Insurance Card and must use it adequately. Illegal use of the card makes its holder liable to a fine or a claim for all amounts owed as a result. For instance:

  • Lending, giving or selling your card
  • Using someone else’s card

You can report a situation that you find questionable.

Frequently Asked Question

Can you renew your Yukon health card?

Your health care card renews yearly on your birthday. You’ll receive a renewal notice in the mail.

Can you replace your Yukon health card?

A valid Health Card can be replaced if lost, damaged or destroyed. You will also need to replace in case of any significant changes in your personal information or marital status.

Phone 867-667-5209, toll free 1-800-661-0408, extension 5209 or email [email protected] if you:

  • lose your card, and a need a new card; or
  • need to report changes, such as name change, a change of address, a dependent leaving home.

How can i prepare a request for  medical services that aren’t included under the Yukon Health Insurance Plan?

  1. Work with your physician to write a detailed letter that outlines the issue and the case history.
  2. Include any correspondence from or to yourself and your physician about the medical condition and the service being requested.
  3. Submit your request.
    In person: 4th floor, Financial Plaza, 204 Lambert Street, Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm.
    Based on the information gathered, the manager of registration and claims will give you and your physician a written response to your request.

What happens if your request is declined?

  • You can submit an appeal if your service request is declined.
  • The director may request that the medical advisor do more jurisdictional analysis and medical research.
  • The director may research additional sources of information such as the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health .
  • The director will contact you and your physician to let you know the decision within 30 working days after you submitted your appeal

Can you have a health card in two provinces?

You can not have two valid Health care card in two different provinces  at the same time,as you can only be a resident of one province at a time. Publicly funded health care and health cards are the responsibility of each province or territory within Canada.