Health Care

In Alberta, health care is completely free – you don’t even pay a monthly premium. As with the rest of Canada, Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services. All new and returning Alberta residents must register for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.

Alberta Blue Cross provides supplementary health and dental benefit programs not otherwise covered by the public health care system.


The Calgary Region has one of the largest integrated, publicly funded health care systems in Canada. More than 31,000 staff and 2,500 physicians provide services to over 100 locations, including 12 hospitals, four comprehensive health care centres, 41 continuing care centres, and a variety of community care sites. The new Alberta Children’s Hospital is the first new freestanding children’s hospital to be built in Canada in 20 years. The Children’s Hospital will soon be joined by a new hospital under construction in South Calgary. Residents also benefit from internationally renowned medical research at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.


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