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I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Reviewed: 
May 25, 2020
Answer

You don’t need OHIP coverage to be tested or treated for COVID-19 at assessment centres in Ontario. The Ontario government recently announced uninsured people should not have to pay for testing and treatment for COVID-19 and other medically-necessary services. This includes medical services in hospitals and services by other healthcare providers in the community.

You should not be charged for testing or treatment of COVID-19 but some healthcare providers outside of hospitals might decide to charge money for other services. If you’re asked to pay for medical services, you should contact your local community legal clinic.

If you think you have COVID-19, you should contact a medical professional. They can do an assessment to decide if you should be tested for COVID-19.

If you don’t have access to a family doctor, nurse, or nurse practitioner, you can contact Telehealth Ontario. Call 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a Registered Nurse for free. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English and French with translation for some other languages. You don’t need an OHIP card to call Telehealth Ontario.

You can also call your local public health unit.

If you are refused testing or treatment for COVID-19 because of your immigration status, please contact your local community legal clinic.

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