Understanding Alberta Healthcare

Alberta’s healthcare System Offers Universal Access to Albertans.

Our province operates a publicly funded and administered healthcare system.

Alberta Health

Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health system that guarantees universal access to medically-necessary hospital and medical services for Albertans. Alberta also provides many health services in addition to those required by the national Canada Health Act. Alberta Health is the provincial government department responsible for ensuring that health services in the province are properly conducted in the public interest.

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the single health authority for the province of Alberta. It delivers medical care on behalf of the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Health through 400 facilities throughout the province including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities., mental health facilities and community health sites.

Canadian Healthcare

Canada’s health care system (Medicare) provides universal and comprehensive access to insured medically-necessary services to Canadians anywhere in Canada. Having evolved since 1947, Medicare has become culturally and politically important to Canadians as a reflection of, and as a defining influence on, our national identity.

The aim of the national health insurance program is to ensure that all the residents of Canada have reasonable access to medically-necessary insured services without direct charges. The Canada Health Act (CHA) is Canada’s federal legislation for publicly funded health care insurance.