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Nova Scotia is Canada’s second-smallest province (following Prince Edward Island) and is located on the southeastern coast of the country. The province includes Cape Breton, a large island northeast of the mainland. The name Nova Scotia is Latin for “New Scotland,” reflecting the origins of some of the early settlers.

Given its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia’s economy is largely influenced by the sea, and its harbours have served as military bases during many wars.

Health system

The Department of Health and Wellness administers an extensive program of family medicine, primary care, dental care, emergency services, mental health services, infection control, continuing care and e-health services.

Public health insurance is provided to eligible residents for most hospital and medical services, as well as dental care for children and pharmacare for seniors.

Medical and dental research is carried on primarily by the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at Dalhousie University.



Tourism Nova Scotia

To find other repertoires related to specific health care in Nova Scotia, see also our page Index in the TOOLS section


Nova Scotia Touristic Regions

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

Cape Breton Island

Eastern Shore

Halifax Metro

Northumberland Shore

South Shore


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