Extended Health Care

Karen wonders how she keeps up with the medical needs of her children: asthma medicine for Cindy, new eyeglasses for Lucy, and a pair of crutches for Billy, who broke his leg and required a hospital stay. But because she receives Extended Health Care benefits through her group plan at work, she is able to handle the extra expenses easily. Now if only Billy's tree house adventures were as easy to take care of...

Extended Health Care benefits help plan members and their dependents pay for medical expenses that aren't covered by their provincial plan. Details of exactly what is covered, how much the plan pays, and what the deductible amounts are vary among plans.

An Extended Health Care package can include a combination of the following features:

  • Hospital care: semi-private hospital room in the plan member's province
  • Prescription drugs: medication prescribed by a doctor
  • Medical services and equipment: private duty nursing, ambulances, crutches, hearing aids, etc.
  • Paramedical services: chiropractors, naturopaths, podiatrists, etc.
  • Medi-Passport: out-of-province emergency travel assistance
  • Vision care: eyeglasses and contact lenses

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