When you and your family move into this new country, it is important to take care of your health during this transition and after. Here is some information about health insurance, how to find a doctor or other medical professional, and health services for you and your family.
Canada’s health insurance system is designed to ensure that all residents of Canada have access to health care.
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for public health insurance. When you have public health insurance, you do not pay directly for most health-care services. Instead, all Canadians share in paying for them through taxes.
When you use public health-care services, you must show your health insurance card to the hospital or medical clinic.
it is important to know what medical services and procedures your province or territory covers because it may not be the same in other areas.
FAQ and important link for Ontario:
Q: How to apply OHIP and Who qualifies如何申請OHIP和誰有資格
Q: How do I find a family doctor? 如何找到家庭醫生？
A: Register with Health Care Connect. This program refers you to a local doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients. You need to have OHIP to use this service and must not be currently registered with an Ontario family health care provider. It is run by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. You can register with this program by filling out an online form or by calling 1-800-445-1822 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).
Q: How do I get medical help over the phone 24/7? 如何通過電話獲得24/7的醫療幫助？
A: You can call the Telehealth Ontario phone service at 1-866-797-0000. You can talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is free and confidential.
Q: Where can I get medical help if I don’t have a family doctor? 如果我沒有家庭醫生，我在哪裡可以獲得醫療幫助？
A: If you do not have a family doctor, you can get medical help from 如果您沒有家庭醫生，您可以從以下機構獲得醫療説明
Community Health Centre (CHC)社區健康中心
Telehealth Ontario phone line 醫療電話線Telehealth Ontario
Doctor house call services醫生上門服務
Q: What services does OHIP cover? OHIP涵蓋哪些服務？
A: The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for a wide range of health care services. It pays for most basic medical and emergency services. It can pay for all or part of the cost.
There are some services that OHIP does not pay for such as cosmetic surgery (dental or physical), dental services or chiropractic services.
For some treatments, OHIP pays part of the cost. For example:
Some services from your doctor, and podiatrists
Dental services in hospitals
Travel costs: if you live in northern Ontario and must travel long distances for specialty medical care, OHIP may pay some travel costs.
Talk to a health care professional to find out if a procedure or treatment is covered by OHIP. You can also contact the Ministry of Health INFOline:
In Ontario: 1-866-532-3161
In Toronto: 416-314-5518
Q: Do I need private health insurance?
A: When you are new to Ontario, there is a 3-month waiting period for OHIP. During these 3 months, OHIP does not pay for any of your medical services. If you are moving from another part of Canada, you may be covered by insurance in another province for this period. You can also buy private health insurance to help you pay for treatments during that time.