Information for Patients
Healthcare system in Canada is divided into provincial and territorial systems, both publicly funded. In 1984, universal access to publicly funded health services was introduced to ensure that Canadian citizens, permanent residents, foreign workers on work permits and some international students are covered for necessary health services. Approximately 70% of the Canadian population were covered by national health care insurance, and 30% paid partially or fully for medical services through the private sector such as prescription drugs and dental care. The typical cost for a general check-up can be expensive as approximately $60 if individuals do not have a valid health card.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Eligible health care professionals must have graduated or expect to complete all medical degree requirements within 1 year of graduating from a medical school outside Canada or the United States that is accepted in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Then eligible candidates must pass the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, which will be conducted in English.
Specialist physicians are in high demand in Canada and are on the Canadian National Occupation Classification Codes.
Information for Travelers
Although the number of Canadians seeking treatments abroad has increased in recent years, Canada is also a medical tourism destination. The key strength of Canada health system is a high variety of specialized physicians, high-quality medical treatments and reduction of waiting time in medical facilities.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccinations are recommended for most travelers. Measles and mumps outbreak have been found in some parts of Canada, especially Western Canada. Please make sure your vaccinations are up to date before entering those areas.
The official languages of hospitals in Canada are English and French. Some travelers may have serious difficulty communicating with doctors if you cannot speak the languages above.