If you are planning to study in Canada, you may wonder what type of health care you are eligible for. As you may know, Canada has a nationalized health care system that is universal to both citizens and permanent residence. Whether you are eligible as a Chinese international student will depend on the province you are located in while studying in Canada.
Geographically, Canada is divided into 9 provinces, all of which have their own national health care, and along with that, their own eligibility rules. To help you determine whether you are eligible as a Chinese international student, we have put together a summary of the various provinces and the health care eligibility specific to foreign students. Over the next few months, we will examine the eligibility of each health care system and how it relates to international students.
Even if you are eligible, it is also important to confirm what facilities you have access to. You may find that having national health care gives you access to public facilities, however having a private student health insurance will in many cases allow you to choose private doctors and hospitals.
It is important that before studying in Canada, you ask questions to your university, student health insurance, and embassy to get a clear understanding of what access, coverage, and area your plan will work in. We know that studying overseas can be difficult, especially if English is not your first language! Ask us questions as we discuss health insurance options in each province as it relates to you.