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Saskatchewan health coverage covers most medically necessary services (hospital and physician) provided in a publicly funded facility in Canada. However, it only provides limited emergency medical care coverage outside Canada. Find out more about Saskatchewan health coverage on the
Ministry of Health's website.
Specialist Referrals Outside of Canada/Outside of Saskatchewan
If a specialist refers a patient outside Saskatchewan or Canada to receive treatment not available in Saskatchewan or other provinces, Saskatchewan health coverage may cover the full cost of the treatment as long as these services are provided within the publicly funded health care system.
Prior approval is required.
The specialist must provide a written request for prior approval from the Medical Services Branch of Saskatchewan Health, or from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The written request must:
- Describe the circumstances of the case.
- Clearly describe the service(s) being requested.
- State - to the best of the specialist's knowledge - that the service(s) are not available anywhere in Canada.
Written prior approval requests can be faxed to 306-798-1124 or emailed to CaseworkUnitMSB@health.gov.sk.ca
If the treatment is approved, government will pay the full cost of treatment at a rate that the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health considers fair and reasonable after taking into account the location where the insured service is provided.
Travel, accommodation and meals will not be covered.
Information Sheets for Physicians
Download Health Coverage Outside Canada
Download Health Coverage Within Canada
Information Sheets for Patients
Download Patient Health Coverage Outside Canada
Download Patient Health Coverage Within Canada
It's For Your Benefit
Download A Guide to Health Services in Saskatchewan
For more information, contact Medical Services Branch at: