Fees and Bill Payments

Residents of Canada

If you have a valid provincial health card, most of the services you receive in hospital are paid for by your respective provincial health insurance program. However, there are some items that are not covered.  An example of these services, supplies and procedures for which the patient is responsible include: 

  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Some elective procedures such as ear wax removal, skin scraping
  • Orthoses (braces)
  • Pedorthic supplies (offloading devices, specialty shoes/custom foot insoles)
  • Pessaries
  • Splinting supplies
  • Sick notes
  • Elective physical exams (license/insurance/employment)
  • Access to and release of personal health information
  • Room Type*

* Patients with valid provincial health coverage are provided standard ward accommodations (three to four beds per room).  If you have additional health insurance, staff may bill your insurance company for semi-private or private rooms (.pdf).

Before you leave the hospital, please arrange to pay your bill. Please bring your current Health Card. You may pay by: 

  • Bank (debit) card
  • VISA or MasterCard
  • Cash
  • Cheque

Out-of-Country Patients

Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent, but a hospital visit can be costly. 

If you are not a Canadian resident with a valid health card, you will be responsible for the cost of your care.

Nova Scotia Health Authority charges fees for a variety of services based on a cost-recovery model. Fees are subject to change without notice. You will also be charged a fee for accessing your health record. Fees vary. 

Please note that fees are in Canadian funds and may be higher if special services, high-cost procedures, or drugs are used.

Emergency Health Services
Patients are responsible for all costs associated with ambulance services provided by Emergency Health Services. 

For all inquiries about Ground Ambulance service fees, please contact the Emergency Health Services billing office at: 1-888-280-8884.

Inpatient Care 
If you are admitted to hospital, you will be charged a daily rate. This standard rate includes your room and most services provided by the hospital and staff including:

  • Meals     
  • X-rays
  • Most drugs and tests     
  • Blood work

These rates do NOT include:

  • Doctors’ fees. You will be billed directly by the doctor. 
  • Telephone and television services
  • Some high-cost drugs and tests

We try to provide you with the accommodations you have requested. However, private and semi-private rooms are not always available.

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Semi-private and Private Rooms in the Hospital

Private room: Includes one bed and one washroom. $210 per night.
Semi-private room: Includes two beds separated by curtains and one washroom. $170 per night.

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