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In 2019–2020, there were 1,985 individuals with study permits covered under the health care insurance plan.4.0 PORTABILITY4.1 Minimum Waiting PeriodPersons moving to Nova Scotia from another Canadian province or territory will normally be eligible for Medical Services Insurance on the first day of the third month following the month of their arrival.4.2 Coverage During Temporary Absences in CanadaThe Interprovincial Agreement on Eligibility and Portability is followed in all matters pertaining to the portability of insured services.Generally, the Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance (MSI) Plan provides coverage for residents of Nova Scotia who move to other provinces or territories for a period of three months, per the Eligibility and Portability Agreement. Students and their dependants, who are temporarily absent from Nova Scotia and in full-time studies at an educational institution may remain eligible for MSI on a yearly basis. To qualify for MSI, the student must provide to MSI a letter directly from the educational institution which states that they are registered as a full-time student. MSI coverage will be extended on a yearly basis pending receipt of this letter.Workers who leave Nova Scotia to seek employment elsewhere will still be covered by MSI for up to 12 months, provided they do not establish residence in another province or territory. Services provided to Nova Scotia residents in other provinces or territories are covered by reciprocal agreements. Nova Scotia participates in the Hospital Reciprocal Billing Agreement and the Medical Reciprocal Billing Agreement. Quebec is the only province that does not participate in the Medical Reciprocal Billing Agreement. Nova Scotia pays for services provided by Quebec physicians to Nova Scotia residents at Quebec rates if the services are insured in Nova Scotia.
80CHAPTER 3 |NOVA SCOTIACANADA HEALTH ACT |ANNUAL REPORT 2019–2020The majority of such claims are received directly from Quebec physicians. In-patient hospital services are paid through the interprovincial reciprocal billing arrangement at the standard ward rate of the hospital providing the service. Nova Scotia pays the host province rates for insured services in all reciprocal billing situations.The total amount paid by the plan in 2019–2020 for in-patient and out-patient hospital services received in other provinces and territories was $37,085,112.Nova Scotia residents remain eligible to receive MSI during vacation outside of the province for up to seven months in each calendar year and will continue to be deemed a resident if the following conditions are met:the resident communicates to MSI of their absence from Nova Scotia;the resident does not establish residency outside Nova Scotia; andnew or returning residents must be physically present in Nova Scotia for at least 183 days prior to the absence.

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