Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswickers are reminded  that they must inform New Brunswick Medicare by calling Service New Brunswick (SNB) at 1-888-762-8600 or visiting their local SNB office if they are leaving the province as a result of any of the following:

Failure to do so prior to your departure may result in termination of your coverage.

New Brunswick residents leaving NB are advised to obtain supplementary insurance from private insurers to cover the portion of accounts not payable by Medicare.

 

 

Permanent move

If you plan to leave New Brunswick to establish a permanent residence elsewhere in Canada, you will receive coverage for New Brunswick insured services up to the last day of the second month following the month of arrival in your new province. For example, if you establish permanent residence in another province on February 28th, February will count as your month of arrival and the months of March and April as the following two. Therefore your last day of New Brunswick Medicare coverage will be April 30th. In order to ensure uninterrupted coverage, you must register in the new province immediately upon arrival. Remember to contact NB Medicare to ensure continuous coverage during your wait period in the new province.

If the move is outside Canada, New Brunswick Medicare coverage will end on the date of departure.   Don’t forget to contact NB Medicare to advise of your date of departure.

 

 

Vacation / Visit Temporarily Absent

It is recommended that in all instances of temporary leave (one month or more), you notify New Brunswick Medicare in order to maintain your Medicare eligibility and ensure there is no delay in payment should you require and receive physician and/or hospital services during your absence. 

Permanent New Brunswick residents who plan to be temporarily absent from New Brunswick for a vacation or visit remain insured during their absence, provided they live in New Brunswick for at least five months (153 days – consecutive or not) during a 12 month period.  Approval may be granted for a duration of up to 12 months only once per 3 years from the time of return.  If exceeding 12 months, NB resident must reapply for Medicare.

 

 

Business (temporarily absent)

You may be temporarily absent from New Brunswick for up to 182 days (consecutive or not) in a 12 month period without affecting your coverage, provided your intention is to resume permanent residence in New Brunswick.

Approval may be granted for a duration of up to 12 months only once per 3 years from the time of return.  If exceeding 12 months, NB resident must reapply for Medicare.

 

 

Contract worker (out of country)

New Brunswick residents accepting an out-of-country work contract must apply for a “contract worker” status which is assigned for up to a maximum of two years.  A copy of your contractual agreement, clearly identifying your start and end dates of employment, must be provided.

 

 

Mobile worker

Mobile workers, such as pilots or drilling engineers, whose employment requires them to travel frequently outside the province, must apply for “mobile worker” status.

A letter, including dates of rotation must be provided by your employer confirming that frequent travel is required outside New Brunswick.  If working outside of Canada, a copy of your Immigration document allowing you to work out-of-country is also required.

A mobile worker status is assigned for a maximum of two years, after which time you must reapply and resubmit documentation to continue your “mobile worker” status.

 

 

Students

Eligible students, who normally reside in New Brunswick and are in full-time attendance at a recognized university or other institution outside New Brunswick, or Canada, are covered for a 12-month period provided they:

Within Canada

  • contact New Brunswick Medicare on an annual basis;
  • do not establish permanent residence outside New Brunswick;
  • maintain a New Brunswick address, and;
  • do not receive health coverage in another province;

Outside Canada

  • do not establish permanent residence outside New Brunswick;
  • maintain a New Brunswick address, and;
  • annually provide New Brunswick Medicare with “proof of enrollment” from the school or university they are attending.

Students studying outside New Brunswick or Canada are advised to obtain supplementary insurance from private insurers to cover the portion of accounts not payable by Medicare.

NOTE:  The Department of Health is committed to safeguarding your privacy.  Visit our privacy webpage for more information on our privacy practices and about your rights regarding this issue.