Public Health Insurance Plans
In Canada, we're fortunate to have health care services covered under publicly funded plans managed by the provincial governments. These are public health insurance plans.
Provincial health care plans in Atlantic Canada are Medical Services Insurance (MSI) in Nova Scotia, Medicare in New Brunswick, Health PEI in Prince Edward Island and the Medical Care Plan in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Most provincial plans will cover medically necessary hospital and doctor visits, lab services and diagnostics, surgeries performed in the hospital, and some limited dental and optometric services, like eye exams for children and seniors and routine dental for kids under the age of 14.
Private health insurance fills the gaps left by public health insurance, covering things that often fall under preventative care.