19th September 2018


Are there any private hospitals in Canada?

Most of Canada's approximately 850 hospitals are owned and operated by non-profit, voluntary organizations. Hospitals receive the largest block of provincial health funding, approximately 34% compared to 15% for physician services. Since most hospitals are not government-owned, they cannot be "privatized".

So, do Canadians have private health insurance?

Canadian physicians are not government employees. That doesn't mean, however, that Canadians do not have health care costs that they have to pay out of pocket or through private insurance. Most dental work, prescription drugs for people not at retirement age, and eyeglasses are among the many costs not covered.

Can non citizens get healthcare in Canada?

Can non-citizens get free health care? Canada's “universal” health-care system is a little less universal when it comes to immigrants. All citizens and permanent residents are eligible for public health insurance, which covers most medical issues. Newcomers to Canada, however, may not have the same access to services.

Is private health insurance illegal in Canada?

Under federal law, private clinics are not legally allowed to provide services covered by the Canada Health Act. Regardless of this legal issue, many do offer such services. Costs in private clinics are usually covered by private insurance policies, which will typically pay around 80% of the costs.