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What is the proccedure of seeing an obstetrician in Alberta?

smk_ujs

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Let's say some one arrives in Alberta when already 6 months pregnant and intends to stay in Alberta for the next year or so. They will be eligible for health coverage from day 1 that they arrive in Alberta right?

What's the procedure of getting assigned an obstetrician and going through regular checkups, ultra sound etc?
 

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smk_ujs said:
Let's say some one arrives in Alberta when already 6 months pregnant and intends to stay in Alberta for the next year or so. They will be eligible for health coverage from day 1 that they arrive in Alberta right?

What's the procedure of getting assigned an obstetrician and going through regular checkups, ultra sound etc?
As a general rule, you're entitled to get Alberta health since landing.

They are two ways to get a obstetrician:

If patient is not pregnant, she need a referral from your family doctor (perhaps can ask to any obstetrician but as far I know a referral is required)

If patient is pregnant, she can ask any obstetrician, if they have room in his patient list it's done.

How to find a obstetrician? AHS have a lists of doctors in the website, there are some other websites with doctor's ratings that can help to decide.

How to get a family doctor? Same way with AHS website, or just ask some friend or walk to your closer clinic and ask about a family doctor accepting new patients.

It's useful to get soon a family doctor, later you can change it if needed
 

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Family doctor usually do preliminary checks but it's recomendable to get a obstetrician soon.

There's it a additional way, if you want to deliver the baby at home, with a midwife, but you need to ask for it; of course in case of complications a obstetrician will do the job.

That's is free, except some additionally charges if you want a private room in the hospital instead of a shared room, for AHS Card holders
 

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1st day coverage depends on where they are moving from. If the person for example had landed and settled in Ontario and then decided to move to Alberta, they would not get first day coverage but would have a 2-3 month waiting period as they are moving from another province.

If they never settled in another province but come directly to Alberta from overseas, they would get 1st day coverage.

I see on another thread that you are asking about renting an apartment in Edmonton for 3 months. If your plan is only to stay in Alberta for 3 months, you are not eligible for health care. Registering for health care and saying you are planning to reside in that province when you are not, is considered to be health care fraud. If they catch you, you will be required to reimburse AB health what they covered for you which can be a lot more expensive than paying yourself up front as the hospital may bill healthcare more or differently than they bill a private person. For example, a woman in BC was asked to reimburse MSP $43,000 for a normal delivery. Her mistake was that although she did the waiting period in order to get MSP coverage, she did not stay 6/12 months in the province but left the province after 5+ months.

In addition, if they are certain that you purposely lied about planning to live in the province when you didn't, for example seen by if your landlord can verify that you asked for only a 3 month lease, you could be on the hook for fraud too and that is a criminal act.
 

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Leon said:
1st day coverage depends on where they are moving from. If the person for example had landed and settled in Ontario and then decided to move to Alberta, they would not get first day coverage but would have a 2-3 month waiting period as they are moving from another province.

If they never settled in another province but come directly to Alberta from overseas, they would get 1st day coverage.

I see on another thread that you are asking about renting an apartment in Edmonton for 3 months. If your plan is only to stay in Alberta for 3 months, you are not eligible for health care. Registering for health care and saying you are planning to reside in that province when you are not, is considered to be health care fraud. If they catch you, you will be required to reimburse AB health what they covered for you which can be a lot more expensive than paying yourself up front as the hospital may bill healthcare more or differently than they bill a private person. For example, a woman in BC was asked to reimburse MSP $43,000 for a normal delivery. Her mistake was that although she did the waiting period in order to get MSP coverage, she did not stay 6/12 months in the province but left the province after 5+ months.

In addition, if they are certain that you purposely lied about planning to live in the province when you didn't, for example seen by if your landlord can verify that you asked for only a 3 month lease, you could be on the hook for fraud too and that is a criminal act.
Agreed!

As proof of address you can use bank statements or utility bills but you're not getting it until a while after settle.

I requested AHS using my apartment lease contract (1 year), if was only 3 months can be problematic.

Anyways, could be complicated to rent a apartment for less than 6 months