Toronto Ontario Hospitals and Clinics
This section will discuss issues relating to hospitals and private clinics. It will also cover some emergency treatment issues.
Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Ontario residents are eligible for provincially funded health coverage (OHIP), though to be eligible for Ontario health coverage you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or have legal immigrant status
- Make your permanent and principal home in Ontario
- Be physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12 month period
OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you
establish residency in Ontario. If you are moving within Canada, your previous
province's health coverage may cover you for this period.
The government strongly encourages new and returning residents to purchase private
health insurance in case you become ill during the OHIP waiting period.
TO apply for OHIP coverage, provide three pieces of ID to confirm address, signature and citizenship/status.
For information, contact an Toronto OHIP Office (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) or call Service Ontario at 416-326-1234 (Toll-free: 1-800-267-8097).
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