Under the Canada Health Act, Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services.
All eligible Alberta residents are covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) to access healthcare services. An eligible resident of Alberta is a person who is:
- Legally entitled to be or to remain in Canada and makes his/her permanent home in Alberta;
- Committed to being physically present in Alberta for at least 183 days in a 12 month period;
- Not claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency in another province, territory or country;
- Any other person deemed by the regulations to be a resident not including a tourist, transient or visitor to Alberta.
Effective January 1, 2009, Albertans are no longer required to pay AHCIP premiums.
An Alberta Health Care card gives you access to the public health care system including medical checkups and hospital visits. Private clinics exist, but are permitted to perform only elective services not included as part of the primary care available through our health care system.
Alberta Health Services provides a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
Available services in the Village of Empress include a fully equipped first aid unit on site or in town with certified Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Community Health Services. A doctor travels to Empress to see patients one day per week.
An array of services is provided out of neighboring town of Oyen.
The Oyen Big Country Hospital is an acute and continuing care facility. Core programs at Big Country Hospital include acute/sub-acute medicine, emergency stabilization, ambulatory care services, and continuing care.
Oyen Big Country Hospital
312-3rd Street East
Oyen, Alberta T0L 2J0
Oyen Community Health Services also provides health care for the Town’s residents:
315 3rd Avenue E
Oyen, Alberta T0J 2J0
Health professionals within Oyen include:
- 3 physicians
- 1 dentist
- 1 optometrist
- 1 chiropractor
- Early prevention dental services
- Outpatient/inpatient respiratory services
- Speech therapist/audiologist
- Recreation therapist
- Health inspector
- Occupational therapy
- Mental health worker
- Massage therapist
- Home Care
A senior’s lodge is also located in Oyen. The lodge provides individual bedrooms with communal eating and living areas. There are also self-contained units.
Oyen Senior’s Lodge
310 – 2nd Street West
Oyen AB T0J 2J0
Phone: (403) 664-3661
Fax: (403) 664-2964
For more information:
- Alberta Health Care Insurance - The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) is a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and medical services. AHCIP forms, information on premium and drug assistance, answers to common questions and more are available at this site.
- Alberta Health and Wellness – Alberta’s Health and Wellness provides information about Alberta’s health care system including the forms needed for registration.
- Service Alberta – The Health Care Professional section of this Service Alberta site provides information for the wide variety of health professionals in Alberta – doctors, nurses, ambulance operators, and many others who provide services for the maintenance and improvement of health. Use this page to learn about Alberta Netcare, to look up Health Professionals, to find contact information for nursing homes and hospitals in Alberta, and much, much more.
- Alberta Health Services – Alberta Health Services provides a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Use this site to access information about specific health care facilities and to get the latest news relating to health care.
- Health Canada – The Health Canada site focuses on providing immigrants with information about health care coverage. It also contains good links to other helpful information on employment, health promotion, and more.
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