P.E.I.’s health card get a new look, now bilingual

Published on February 3, 2016

 

 

Stephen DesRoches, photographed the Darnley shoreline that now is on the front of Prince Edward Island’s new bilingual health card. Islanders with expired health cards will receive the new card in the mail, phasing out the orange health card over the next five years. 

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Stephen DesRoches, photographed the Darnley shoreline that now is on the front of Prince Edward Island’s new bilingual health card. Islanders with expired health cards will receive the new card in the mail, phasing out the orange health card over the next five years. 

P.E.I.’s health card is getting a new look.

The red cliff sandstone of Darnley shoreline is replacing the idyllic Panmure Island lighthouse currently featured on the card.

The new health cards are being rolled out this week.

Health Minister Robert Henderson says there has not been a significant update of the card since it was introduced in 1995.

“The new health card is bilingual and can hold more information for the benefit of the patient and the health care provider,” said Henderson.

“The new bilingual card has a clean, vibrant design that prominently features the stunning Darnley shoreline photographed by Stephen DesRoches of Prince Edward Island.”

Islanders preferred language will be featured on the front of the card at some point in the near future.

There will be space on the back of the card to include a red heart, which shows the owner’s intention to be an organ and tissue donor.

The red heart replaces the red sticker now being used.

It is expected the old health card will be phased out over the next five years as the existing cards expire.

The province says it carried out the design work in house, so there is no additional costs to revamp the card.

“The language profile of our province is changing with the promotion of Canada’s two official languages and a steady rise in immigration,” said Mark Kickham, Health P.E.I.’s manager of Medicare services.

“By adding the preferred language for service, staff will be better equipped to serve Islanders whose first language is not English, and ensure all Islanders get information in a clear and equitable manner.”

 

 

Online: www.healthpei.ca/healthcard