All international students should have an excellent medical coverage program to cover the duration of their stay in the country. You should purchase a broad coverage global health insurance plan from a reliable insurance provider in your country. You must make sure that the coverage date starts before you travel to Toronto.
HEALTHCARE IN CANADA
While you are at NewCastle, you can access the multiple walk-in clinics in the city without an appointment. Most of these clinics are open all days and for long hours. They can provide you with quick access to helpful advice about Canada healthcare or any emergency treatment options.
You can visit www.health.gov.on.ca for more information about healthcare services in Toronto and GTA.
PROVINCIAL HEALTH CARE
The provincial health care system in Canada covers basic and preventive medical services, as well as emergency care. As an international student with a valid study visa, you should be eligible for a provincial health care card so that you may access these services.
However, there are many medical services that are not covered by the Canadian provincial health care system. These services include dental care, vision care, prescription medications, and some diagnostic testing services
Additionally, some services such as hospitalization are only partially covered by the provincial health care system. Without additional medical insurance, even a brief hospital stay can cost you thousands of dollars. Some hospitals refuse to admit new patients without proof of private health insurance coverage in Canada.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
The medical care offered by your province or territory might not be covered in other provinces and territories. For this reason, you may require private health insurance if you plan to travel.
Private health insurance is also available for services that may not be covered under your province or territory’s health insurance plan. These services generally include prescription drugs, dental costs, private hospital rooms, ambulance services, and prescription glasses. Some provinces’ plans also exclude arguably “marginal” operations such as IVF treatment.
As an international student studying in Canada, it is advisable that you purchase private health insurance before your trip, to make sure you are covered in all cases.