Canada has an excellent public health care system so don’t forget to apply for health cover once you find employment in Canada. If you haven’t registered with a family doctor, but need the services of one, you can use a walk-in clinic free of charge, provided you are registered in the provincial health system. This can take some time, so it’s important to ensure you have private health cover for when you arrive.
Click on the appropriate link for more information:
Ontario Health Insurance Plan(OHIP)
British Columbia Medical Service Plan (MSP)
This card entitles you to health care provided you have a visa valid for more than six months and work more than 18 hours per week. It costs $60 per month but employers will often pay this fee if you are a full-time employee.
More detailed information is available from the sources below:
Health Services BC
Marmite to Maple Blog — MSP, Care Cards, and Healthcare in BC
If you do not have MSP but need to see a doctor, here are some options:
- If are 24 or younger, you can go to Pine clinic for free consultancy and prescriptions.
- If your older than 24 they will still see you in the Pine Clinic in Kits before 12 p.m. You still pay for prescriptions, but generally antibiotics are under $30, so still cheaper than paying the $150 excess fee.
The following service providers have been recommend by network members. Please use the comment sections below to provide positive or negative feedback or recommend additional services.
Carepoint Medical Centres (all around Vancouver) Find a location near you on their website below.
Use the link below to search for a family doctor in your area.
Dr Dorian Morris Seymour Health Centre, 1530 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1S3 T: 604.738.2151
Designated Medical Practitioners
Service Canada provides a list of practitioners. Dr. Dwyer on Broadway is the cheapest, apparently.
Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)
When you arrive in Alberta you need to wait three months before you are eligible for an AHCIP card.
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