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Ministry of Health Guidelines

Ministry of Health Out of Country Services Programs: Resource Guide

Each province has its own process for approving medically necessary services rendered outside Canada. It is the responsibility of the ordering physician/genetic counselor to obtain approval, from the appropriate Ministry of Health administering body, for Athena Diagnostics testing services. An MOH letter of approval is required before testing begins.

The table below is provided for reference only.

ProvincePrior Approval?Governing BodyProvincial Out of Country
Services Program Information
AlbertaYesOut of Country Health Services Committee (OOCHSC)
British ColumbiaYesMinistry of Health, Medical Services Plan (MSP)
ManitobaYesManitoba Health, via the Out-of-Province Genetic Testing Committee
  • Contact the Winnipeg Sciences Centre. Only medical geneticists at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre may order molecular diagnostic testing services
New BrunswickYesNew Brunswick Medicare or the Regional Health Authorities
Newfoundland & LabradorYesNewfoundland Medical Care Program
Nova Scotia & Prince Edward IslandYesDistrict Health Authorities & the IWK
OntarioYesMinistry of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC)
QuebecYesRégie de L’Assurance Maladie (RAMQ or Régie)
SaskatchewanYesMinistry of Health, Medical Services Branch


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