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I need to see a doctor about something other than COVID-19, but I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do?

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I need to see a doctor about something other than COVID-19, but I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do?

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I need to see a doctor about something other than COVID-19, but I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do?
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June 17, 2020
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If it’s a medical emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. All hospitals and healthcare providers in Ontario, including walk-in clinics, must provide medically-necessary services to everyone. People who don’t have health insurance must be given the same priority as those who have insurance. Your immigration status doesn’t matter.

The Ministry of Health also announced that if you don’t have health insurance, you shouldn’t be charged for the services you receive. This includes medical services in hospitals and community care. However, some healthcare providers outside of hospitals may decide to charge money for services. If you’re asked to pay for medical services, contact your local community legal clinic.

Visit the Healthcare Access Ontario website to find a walk in-clinic that provides medical care without charging fees.

If treatment for your health condition is not medically necessary right now but you still need to see a doctor, you can call your local Community Health Centre (CHCs). CHCs will serve people even if they don’t have status in Canada. Most CHCs serve specific areas in Ontario. Other CHCs serve particular populations, such as youth, French speakers, Aboriginal people, or racialized women. You can find a list of CHCs here.

People living with HIV can call 647-730-3222 to reach the Blue Door Clinic at Regent Park Community Health Centre.

Ontario also has medical clinics that serve people who don’t have health insurance. If treating your health concern is not medically necessary at this time, you can go to one of the following clinics, free of charge:

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