Toronto - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

This can be tricky. If you need day-to-day stuff, it is easy to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic. For more complicated things, you are not on the national healthcare plan (and not allowed to be) so sometimes it is difficult to see someone. Seeing a local specialist can take anywhere from two to eight months so many folks drive to Buffalo or fly home to do so. It can be a pain to have to travel for semi-urgent care. A trip to the ER here is minimum $1200 when you aren't in the healthcare system. - Aug 2022


Medical care is a challenge. Non-Canadians without the nationalized health system (OHIP in Ontario) seem to have experienced difficulty getting a family physician. Many use walk-in clinics, or visit physicians in Buffalo. - Jun 2018


Single payer, private sector delivery. We used urgent car/walk-in clinics for routine care and physicals. I pushed to get a primary care physician mostly for getting insights into the Canadian system but never used him after the intake physical. Buffalo is nearby for USA providers. All healthcare in Canada is pay-as-you-go for us and you request reimbursement from your provider per your plan. - Apr 2018


None, and Canada has universal health care. - Nov 2016


None, except its hard to get a primary care provider, due to the Canadian health care system. - Oct 2016


Not really. Unless you can get a family doctor (which is a bit tricky) then you're looking at going to a walk in clinic. The quality is fine but the wait times can be long, especially during flu season. Emergency service is fine...I fell and broke my ankle, badly which necessitated calling 911 for an ambulance (long story), and it came promptly and my experience in the emergency room at the hospital (in downtown Toronto) was about the same as I'd expect in the U.S. - Nov 2015


No health concerns, but I would invest in a humidifier, because the air can get quite dry. Prepare for constant cold. It is quite common to get the flu a lot here. Medical care is quite good, but a lot of places don't accept U.S. Health insurance. Only recently did a hospital downtown start taking U.S. Health insurance, so apply for OHIP after being in the country for six months. - Jul 2015


We have used the walk-in clinics and had good care. There are many hospitals and 911 services. - Jan 2013


No health concerns, great medical care,. With Universal Health Care, you do not have to pay for doctor visits; it great. - May 2010


Can be hard to access as Canadian healthcare facilities tend to look at you like you have two heads if you tell them you are private pay. They often don´t know what or how to charge you and ERs require you to put a credit card down and pay $500 before they will provide any care. - Apr 2010


As in all in Canada medical care is great and unlike the U.S.A FREE. It's great. - Aug 2008


None- excellent. - Jan 2008


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