Medicare - Registration
To apply for New Brunswick Medicare coverage you must complete an Application for Registration form.
To be eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage you must be:
- a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to remain in Canada
- a resident who makes his/her permanent and principal home in New Brunswick.
A "resident" means a person lawfully entitled to be or to remain in Canada, who makes his home and is ordinarily present in New Brunswick, but does not include a tourist, transient or visitor to the Province. Maintaining a dwelling, owning property in the province of New Brunswick or paying New Brunswick property or income tax does not mean you are eligible for insured physician or hospital services under the New Brunswick Medicare Plan.
The following individuals are not eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage:
- tourists and visitors to the province
- students from another province or on student visas and
- inmates of federal penitentiaries.
An Application for Registration form is available from any Service New Brunswick office and in the Forms and Packages link section below. A separate form should be completed for any dependent who has reached a nineteenth birthday. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and other documents may be requested to verify eligibility. Once a completed application form is received from new or returning residents and their eligibility is established, a letter indicating the actual start date of their New Brunswick Medicare coverage is issued. A valid New Brunswick Medicare card is issued and mailed shortly thereafter.
If you are moving permanently to New Brunswick you may apply for coverage immediately.
You may be eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage on the first day of the third month following the month you have established permanent residence in New Brunswick. For example, if you moved to New Brunswick on July 20, the month of July will count as the first month, with August and September as the following two. In this case, coverage would begin October 1. The three month waiting period is legislated under New Brunswick's Medical Services Payment Act and no exemptions can be made.
As of June 17, 2010, Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residents or Canadians moving back to New Brunswick from another country are entitled to Medicare coverage from their first day of arrival in the province providing they are deemed by the Director to have established a permanent residence within New Brunswick. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.
Various government and non-government agencies use the New Brunswick Medicare number for identification purposes or will request it for proof of identification. If you have any question about the use of your New Brunswick Medicare number, please contact New Brunswick Medicare.
Since changes are made from time to time to the acts and regulations of the New Brunswick health plan, please contact New Brunswick Medicare for the most current information.