PEI Health Card
You must have a valid PEI Health Card to receive publicly funded health care services in Prince Edward Island. If you do not have a PEI Health Card you will be billed for hospital and physician services.
Your health card contains an 8-digit number called your Personal Health Number (PHN). It also includes other important information such as your name, birth date, sex and expiry date. You will be asked for your health card each time you visit a doctor’s office or undergo a medical test or treatment at a health facility. Your pharmacist will also require your health card to record your prescription medications in the PEI Drug Information System.
Am I eligible for a PEI Health Card?
If you are a resident of PEI you are eligible for a PEI Health Card. You are considered a resident of PEI, if you:
- are legally in Canada; and
- make your home in Prince Edward Island and are present for at least six months plus a day each year, or have received a waiver of this requirement from Health PEI.
You are not eligible for a PEI Health Card, if you are:
- a foreign student (without work visa), tourist, transient or visitor to PEI;
- a member of the Canadian Armed Forces;
- an inmate of a Federal Penitentiary; or
- eligible for certain services under other government programs, such as Workers Compensation or the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For further information, please refer to the Health Services Payment Act Regulations [PDF | 939 KB].
How do I register for a PEI Health Card?
Submit a completed health card application [PDF | 849 KB] to Health PEI.
Will my health card need to be renewed?
PEI Health Cards must be renewed every five years. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately two months before your card will expire.
If I move or my contact information changes, do I have to let Health PEI know?
It is important for Health PEI to have your current address and contact information to be able to communicate with you and to ensure continued coverage. Call 1-800-321-5492 to notify Health PEI of any changes.
Am I eligible for health coverage if I move to PEI from another province?
Once you arrive in PEI, you must register for a PEI Health Card. However, you will still be covered by your former province of residence for the first three months. PEI coverage will begin on the first day of the third month following the date you become a permanent resident. For example, if you arrive July 4, you will be eligible on October 1.
Am I eligible for health coverage if I move to PEI from outside Canada?
You may be eligible on the first day you become a permanent resident. Contact Health PEI to register for a PEI Health Card. You will have to provide proof of Canadian citizenship or confirm your status in Canada with the Department of Immigration.
A permanent resident could be a:
- landed immigrant;
- repatriated Canadian;
- returning Canadian;
- returning landed immigrant; or
- Canadian citizen or spouse of a Canadian citizen assuming residence in PEI for the first time.
If you are in Canada on an employment visa, ministerial permit or another immigration document, contact Health PEI to discuss your eligibility.
Am I eligible for health coverage when I travel outside of PEI?
If you are traveling within Canada, your PEI Health Card will cover you for emergency or sudden illness health care services. Notify Health PEI if your absence will exceed one month to help avoid any delay in payment for an out-of-province service. Provide your departure and return dates, destination and reason for absence. For example, a student at an off-Island university, an extended winter vacation, or a sabbatical leave.
If you are traveling outside Canada, your PEI Health Card will cover you for emergency or sudden illness health care services. The cost for services outside Canada may be considerably higher and you will be required to pay medical costs up front. Submit your detailed invoice and proof of payment to Health PEI within six months of the date of service. You will be reimbursed at PEI rates in Canadian currency. You will be responsible to pay the difference between the amount charged and the amount paid by Health PEI.
Private medical insurance for the period you are away is recommended.
Am I eligible for coverage if I leave PEI permanently?
Please notify Health PEI if you leave the province permanently. You must register in your new province within 30 days to ensure uninterrupted coverage. If you stay in Canada, you will be eligible for PEI health coverage up to the last day of the second month following the date you arrive in your new province of residence. For example, if you move on July 4, you will be covered until September 30.
If you leave Canada, your coverage ends the day you leave PEI.
What if I need a new health card?
You can request a replacement health card [PDF | 193 KB]. For name changes or if you have received a card with incorrect information, the card is free of charge. For lost or stolen cards, you must pay $10 for each replacement card, with a maximum fee of $50 per household.
What types of services are covered with my PEI Health Card?
Your PEI Health Card will allow you to access a wide range of health care services. For example, you will be covered for most physician and in-hospital services, as well as other services offered by Health PEI such as home care, palliative care, long-term care, addiction services, mental health services, drug programs through PEI Pharmacare, and primary care services (dental public health services, chronic disease prevention and management, public health nursing, diabetes program, community nutrition, cancer screening programs, speech language pathology services, etc.). Ambulance services are not generally covered, however they are subsidized for Island residents in certain situations. Detailed information on the cost of in-province and out-of-province ambulance services for Island residents and non-residents can be found by visiting Ambulance Services.
How can I use my PEI Health Card to indicate my wish to become an organ or tissue donor?
You can become an organ or tissue donor when you apply or renew your PEI Health Card by placing the red sticker provided on the back of your card.
Who can I contact about my health card?
126 Douses Road
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Telephone: (902) 838-0900
Fax: (902) 838-0940
Medicare Satellite Office
16 Garfield Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PE, C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-6130
Fax: (902) 368-6136