Emergency room visits are covered by the state OHIP insurance. If you need to take an ambulance to an emergency room, OHIP requires that you pay a co-pay of $45 to help cover the cost unless the physical deems your ambulance ride medically necessary. Ambulance and emergency room costs will vary if you have a private insurance plan.
If you require emergency medical care, please dial 9-1-1. If possible please be prepared to give your location to the operator.
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave
+1 - 416-586-4800
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue
+1 - 416-480-6100
St. Joseph's Health Centre
30 The Queensway
+1 - 416-530-6000
Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
+1 - 416-603-2581
Michael Garron Hospital
825 Coxwell Ave
+1 - 416-461-8272
43 Wellesley Street E
+1 - 416-967-8500
Pharmaceuticals are issued at pharmacies across Canada. Pharmacies are easy to find in Toronto as there are hundreds of them within the city and in Ontario at large. Most pharmacies are open regular retail business hours of 8:00 to 20:00, with some pharmacies open 24 hours. a day, seven days a week. In Toronto there are many pharmacies that do not close on Sundays. Many pharmacies are open on public, provincial, and territorial holidays.
There are many over-the-counter drugs available in Toronto, but it varies depending on the drug. You may require a prescription from a doctor for the drug you need. Once your doctor issues you a prescription, you must bring the hard copy of your prescription to a pharmacy to have it filled.
When visiting a pharmacy for the first time, you will be asked to provide the pharmacy with you name, address, and phone number. You will also be asked to provide insurance information. Some physicians and pharmacies now use electronic prescriptions, in which case you need only visit the pharmacy to collect your medication.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Toronto is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Canada. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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