How to Use The Canadian Health Care System

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You and your health are significant. It is imperative that you ask questions if you do not understand a situation or think you have not received appropriate care. Be prepared to speak up!

While the Health Care System in the Canada can provide excellent care, accessing and paying for care is probably different than your home country. For non-Canadians, it is a private system that charges on a fee for service basis. These charges can be very expensive and it is important to note that the individual is responsible for the bill.  Again, it is strongly recommended that all international visitors obtain health insurance prior to working or studying in Canada.

For information about the particular provincial system, go to:

British Columbia:
New Brunswick:
Northwest Territories:
Nova Scotia:
Prince Edward Island:

International Association of Student Insurance Services - IASIS
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