5 important facts about your Manitoba Health Care coverage

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Get a Health Card upon arriving in MB

  1. Apply for your Manitoba Health card. Read Essential documents for newcomers to guide you.
  2. Health card application notice

  3. Illnesses or accidents come without warning. You should be covered.
  4. Manitoba’s health care system is a large network of services and programs.
  5. It is publicly-funded. You don’t have to pay for necessary medical and hospital services.
  6. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living takes care of our health coverage.
  7. Local regional health authorities (RHAs) deliver the health services. These are:
    • Winnipeg Health Region
    • Southern Health/Sante Sud
    • Interlake-Eastern RHA
    • Prairie Mountain Health
    • Northern Health Region

5 important facts about your Manitoba health care coverage:

What does it cover?

  1. It allows you and your dependents to:
    • see a doctor
    • get a prescription
    • visit a hospital emergency room
    • use most other health services
  2. What services are not included:
    • private nursing
    • eye exams for persons 19 and older but under 65 years old
    • dental care (except certain procedures that need hospitalization)
  3. Go to this page for a list of services.
  4. Buy additional health insurance from private companies if you need more coverage.
  5. Read Do I need supplementary health insurance? to know more about additional health insurance. Some employers may provide this too.
  6. Some community clinics offer health and dental services for those with limited income and no insurance.
  7. Inquire from Access Centres.


  1. To have health coverage, you must:
    • be a Canadian citizen or
    • be a Permanent Resident or
    • be work permit holders (and their spouse/dependants)
    • establish a permanent residence in Manitoba, and
    • live physically in Manitoba for six months each calendar year
  2. You need to show:
  3. When does coverage begin?
    • For Permanent Residents: On the date of your arrival in Manitoba or the date Permanent Resident Status is granted.
    • For those moving to Manitoba from another province or territory: On the first day of the third month after your arrival in Manitoba. You will be covered by your home province/territory during the waiting period (Canada Health Act).

Your Manitoba Health Card

  1. It is a registration certificate.
  2. Present it whenever you or your dependants need health services.
  3. It cannot be used by anybody whose name is not recorded on the certificate.
  4. Report changes like:
    • a new address
    • marriage
    • birth
    • adoption
    • death
    • divorce or legal separation
  5. Call Manitoba Health or go to the Insured Benefits Branch.
  6. Your new card will be mailed to you.

Health Care Options

  1. Talk to a health professional when you are sick.
  2. Call Health Links-Info Santé (204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or 1-888-315-9257 toll free) for any health question. You can call any time of the day, any day of the week. It is free of charge.
  3. Call this number if you have an urgent health concern but you’re not sure if it is an emergency or not.
  4. Call 911 if it is a heart attack, major trauma, severe head injury, or similar situations.
  5. Family doctors provide primary health care for you and your family. Register online or by phone with the Family Doctor Finder.
  6. Go to Walk-In or QuickCare clinics if you don’t have a family doctor yet or when other clinics are closed. In Winnipeg, go to Walk-In Connected Care or Walk-In Clinics.
  7. There are QuickCare clinics in Steinback and Selkirk.
  8. Another option are ACCESS Centres in Winnipeg and Brandon.
  9. Go to Myrightcare.ca, to see a summary of your health care options in Winnipeg.


  1. This program protects Manitobans from high medicine costs.
  2. It helps by paying a part of your prescription costs, regardless of the disease or your age.
  3. It is based on your total family income and the amount you pay for eligible prescription drugs.
  4. Apply for Pharmacare if you are eligible for the Manitoba health card. Your prescriptions must not covered by other provincial or federal programs or a private drug insurance program.
  5. Go to the Manitoba Pharmacare Program page to know more about Pharmacare.

Article updated 02/2020.

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