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Nova Scotia Government Health Insurance Plan offers Limited Coverage.

Here's a brief overview:

Prescription Drugs
Individuals over 65 who receive GIS are eligible for Seniors Pharmacare Plan. There is no premium and you pay 33% of your prescription up to a maximum of $30.00 per prescription and $350 a year.
Individuals over 65, who do not receive GIS, must pay a premium up to $390.00 per year and 33% of your prescription up to $350 per year. Low-income seniors may qualify for reduced premium.
Dental Checkups & Treatment
Children under 10 years and individuals 65 and over: coverage for preventative and restorative services.
Coverage for medically necessary surgical procedures, when performed in hospital available to everyone.
Vision Care
Children under 10 years and individuals 65 and over: coverage for one optometrist visit every two years.
Individuals between 10 and 64: No coverage available.
Hospital Stay
Coverage for basic ward accommodation, normal hospital in-patient services and certain hospital out-patient services.
Registered Specialists:
Chiropractor, Chiropodist, Naturopath, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Speech Pathologist, Podiatrist
Physiotherapist: coverage only if services performed in hospital.
No coverage for other services.
Homecare & Nursing
Home Care: Individual pays portion of home support services, personal care. Home oxygen fees dependent upon individualís income.
100% coverage for nursing care and medical supplies used during home care visits.
Medical Equipment & Supplies
Colostomy supplies: 100% coverage.
Oxygen: Eligibility for coverage based on medical criteria; fee charged based on individualís ability to pay for services.
Prosthetics: limited coverage.
No coverage for medical equipment or Orthotics.
Ambulance Services
Individual pays $105 for medically necessary land transfer.
Individual pays $100-$600 for non-medically essential land transfer.
Out-of-Province Physician services and Hospital care
Coverage (to Nova Scotia maximums), with the exception of Quebec. Quebec services reimbursed at pre-determined rates.
Out-of-Country Physician services and Hospital care
Physician services: 100% coverage (to Nova Scotia maximums).
Out-patient care: No coverage.
Hearing Aids
No coverage.


This information is provided to give a general overview of possible coverage. Information is subject to change without notice. For detailed benefits and eligibility criteria, please contact your healthcare provider or provincial government.