Alberta Health Insurances and Benefits


All of the information on this page can be downloaded as a handout.

Health Care Insurance and Benefits in Alberta

Alberta Health Care Insurance

This is the provincial healthcare insurance given to every resident of Alberta. Please visit the Government of Alberta’s website to find more information about the eligibility, coverage, application process and more.

  • If you need to contact Alberta Health Care Insurance, please contact them by phone at 780-427-1432. Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Visit a registry to apply
Alberta Blue Cross Non-Group Coverage

Benefits for individuals or families offer help with the cost of unexpected illness, accidents, or medical conditions. Government subsidies are available for low-income families.

  • Call 403-234-9666 in Calgary
Alberta Child Health Benefit

The Alberta Child Health Benefit covers health benefits for children in low-income households. This health plan is for children up to 18 years of age. Children who are 18 or 19 years old also qualify, if they are living at home and attending high school. This program provides coverage for

  • dental care (selective)
  • prescription drugs
  • eyeglasses
  • essential diabetes supplies
  • emergency ambulance services
  • essential over-the-counter medications
Alberta Adult Health Benefit

The Alberta Adult Health Benefit program covers health benefits for Albertans in low-income households who are pregnant or have high ongoing prescription drug needs.

Similar benefits to child health benefit but can cover the whole family. Please visit their website to find out more.

Seniors Health Benefits Provided by Alberta Government

Oral Health Assistance Program – Alberta Health Services

Fluoride Varnish for 12-35 months old children

Alberta Health Services offer free fluoride application for eligible 12-35 months old.  Please call toll-free 1-855-349-1300 to find out if your child is eligible.

Reduced Fee Dental Program

Alberta Health Services offer reduced fee-dental treatment services for eligible low-income individuals or families without dental insurance.

This service provides:

  • check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, fillings, extractions etc.
  • priority to emergency based treatment

The following services are NOT available:

  • crowns
  • bridges
  • veneers
  • full dentures
  • orthodontics or braces
  • molar root canals
  • periodeontal surgery
  • partial dentures
  • sedation dentistry
  • complex or specialist services

To check eligibility and apply, please visit their website.

How to Get Dental Care in the Calgary Zone

Please refer to the handout which lists all the dental care options in the Calgary zone.

Government of Canada Dental Plan

Canadian Dental Care Plan

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is from the Government of Canada, helping accessing oral health care for Canadian residents with an annual family net income of less than $90,000 who do not have any other dental insurance. Please visit the Government of Canada’s website to find out more.

Pregnancy Services and Programs – Alberta Health Services

Perinatal classes by Alberta Health Services

In-person and virtual sessions available for perinatal classes (pregnancy, baby and birthing and parenting).  To find the list and apply online, please visit the Birth and Babies website.

Best Beginning by Alberta Health Services

For pregnancy services for low-income families or teen mothers, please contact Best Beginning program by Alberta Health Services.  The program is free, and can work with nurses, social workers, dieticians to support the healthy pregnancy.  

Please call 403-228-8221 to find out if you are eligible.

Alberta Association of Midwives – External

If you are interested in having a midwife instead of a medical doctor for your birthing, Alberta Health Care will cover the cost.  Please visit the Alberta Association of Midwives website to find a midwife for your pregnancy/birthing care.

All of the information on this page can be downloaded as a handout. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Disclaimer: This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an “as is”, “where is” basis. Although reasonable efforts were made to confirm the accuracy of the information, Alberta Health Services does not make any representation or warranty, express, implied or statutory, as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, applicability or fitness for a particular purpose of such information. Alberta Health Services expressly disclaims all liability for the use of these materials, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits arising from such use.  Last updated September 2023.