In order to avoid fraudulent use of duplicate cards as well as support security features, New Brunswick, like many other Canadian provinces and Territories, issues one Medicare card per individual.
In the case of a minor child, the card is to be entrusted to the child’s legal parent or guardian.
The goal of the Medicare card is solely to enable eligible New Brunswick residents to obtain insured services. Please carry your signed card with you at all times. A parent or guardian should sign the card for dependent minor children. You must present your signed card to the physician and/or hospital each time you access insured services.
New Brunswick Medicare has the right to terminate your coverage or adjust your expiry date at any time.
A physician who provides a service to an individual who does not have a valid NB Medicare card has the right to bill the individual/parent/legal guardian.
Various government and non-government agencies use the Medicare number for identification purposes or will request it for proof of identification. Your NB Medicare card is valuable but is not a legal piece of identification. We do not encourage the use of the card for other than its intended purpose, which is coverage of insured health care benefits for the named individual under the plan.
Your personal health information, including your Medicare number, belongs to you and you should protect it. It is an offence to use another person's Medicare card or to knowingly allow your Medicare number to be used by another person. It could be deemed fraudulent to use another person’s residential address to substantiate residency in order to obtain a Medicare card. If you have any question about the use of your Medicare number, please contact New Brunswick Medicare.