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Arranging to see a doctor in Canada
What hours do doctors work and how much does a consultation cost in Canada? Is the treatment prescribed good quality? Here is some useful information about medical services in Canada.
SEEING A DOCTOR IN CANADA
When can you see a doctor in Canada?
Generally, doctors’ opening hours are:
Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.00-18.00
Emergency departments are open 24/7 in most hospitals.
How much does it cost?
Consultations with a doctor or specialist (by referral only) are free if you are covered by a provincial health plan.
The rates charged for uninsured treatment are set freely by the doctor and vary considerably from one doctor to another.
If you are not insured and need to go to the emergency department, you will be asked for a deposit of $1,000.
How good is the quality of care?
Hospitals and private clinics have leading-edge equipment and advanced technologies.
However, due to severe staff shortages, waiting times for appointments are very long just for a consultation, not to mention emergency services.
What languages do doctors speak?
Canadian doctors speak English and quite often French (in Quebec, New Brunswick and Northern Ontario).