Health and Community Services
November 29, 2018

Residents Reminded about Out-of-Province Medical Insurance Coverage

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan (MCP) provides some coverage for individuals who temporarily leave the province for vacations or other purposes. However, residents are reminded that there are healthcare-related services that MCP does not cover, or only partially covers outside the province. These can include hospital-related charges, and treatments received in a clinic. Residents should be aware that they will be personally responsible for any costs not covered by MCP, such as road or air ambulance services.

While travelling over the holiday season, the Department of Health and Community Services encourages residents to ensure they have adequate insurance to protect against the cost of unexpected medical emergencies, even while travelling within Canada. However, this is particularly important for those travelling to other countries, such as the United States, where healthcare costs can be significant.

In addition to MCP, residents with employer healthcare plans should check to determine the coverage provided prior to travelling. For those who do not currently have additional coverage, travel insurance can be purchased through private insurance companies.

“The holiday season is a fun and exciting time that doesn’t need to be hampered with unexpected medical costs. When travelling this holiday season, ensure you know what your provincial medical care plan covers, and then obtain the appropriate insurance coverage to take care of the rest.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Learn more

MCP Out-of-Province Insurance Coverage

St. John’s MCP Office - 1-866-449-4459

Grand Falls-Windsor MCP Office - 1-800-563-2163

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Media contact
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-1982

2018 11 29                              3:15 p.m.