FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers may now be absent from the province for 212 days and still be covered by medicare when they return. In addition, medicare coverage is being extended for the same number of days for eligible New Brunswickers while they are travelling outside the province.

“The number of days New Brunswickers may travel outside the province while still being insured by medicare has increased from 182 days to 212 days,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “Extending coverage should provide additional security and peace of mind for residents.”

The extension is for vacation and visiting purposes and does not apply to business travel. Travellers should contact medicare with their dates of travel to maintain their coverage.

In the event that a New Brunswicker requires medical treatment outside the province, but within Canada, medicare will cover the cost of any insured service.

Out-of-country costs are not covered, except for emergencies, at a maximum cost of $100 per day. New Brunswickers travelling outside the country are advised to obtain private medical insurance coverage.

More information about medicare coverage is available online.