Temporary Absences from PEI
Eligible PEI residents temporarily absent from the province are covered for emergency or sudden illness only.
The period of coverage will vary according to the circumstances surrounding your temporary absence. For example, persons absent each year for winter vacations and similar situations involving regular absences, must reside in PEI for at least six months plus a day each year.
It is strongly recommended that you notify Health PEI of any absences exceeding one month.
Please provide your:
- date of departure;
- reason for absence; and
- date of return.
This will help to avoid unpleasant delays in payment for out-of-province or out-of-country service.
Under some circumstances, coverage for emergency or sudden illness may be extended up to one year. Such circumstances could include missionary work, sabbatical leave, etc.
You are advised to contact Health PEI for information on coverage if you are planning a lengthy absence from the province.
Students who are in full-time attendance at a university or other recognized educational institution are covered for emergency and sudden illness. Students must notify Health PEI when leaving the province and update their student status on a yearly basis.
Where an individual or family maintains an out-of-province dwelling at which the individual or family spends more than six months per year (Health Services Payment Act Regulation), that individual or family is not eligible for insured services under the PEI Hospital and Medical Plan.
For PEI residents travelling outside-of-Canada, insured services for emergency or sudden illness will be paid at PEI rates only, in Canadian funds. The PEI resident will be responsible for paying the difference between the full amount charged and the amount paid by Health PEI. The difference may be considerable and for this reason, extra health insurance is advised when travelling outside Canada.
If you have any questions before leaving the province temporarily, it is recommended that you call Health PEI to discuss your coverage.
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