Healthcare in Canada

If you are considering making the move abroad to Canada and have pencilled in The True North as your top choice it is wise to take a closer look at how their healthcare system differs to the one we are used to here in the UK. Thousands of expats have overlooked these differences only to be caught short when a medical issue arises.

So How Does it Work?

The Canadian government have placed a huge importance on the way that their citizens receive treatment for their healthcare. But one important fact that expats need to bear in mind is that you will need to join the respective state run health insurance program once you make the move over the pond. Depending on which state you decide to make your home, you will need to brush up on the way that they offer these services. You may or may not be afforded supplementary services and that can make all the difference when you need urgent medical treatment.


For those expats who find themselves in a Canadian state that has government healthcare insurance in place that does not cover everything you need, there are private supplemental insurance policies available. About 66% of Canadians are currently using this option and many of them have an employer sponsor plan to help with the costs. Dental care plans are also in place and around 60% of these are covered by employer-sponsored plans. If you are thinking of working in Canada, it may be a wise move to check if your prospective employer can offer you this as a part of your expatriate or local package.

Good and Bad

If we were to compare Canadian healthcare with similar countries, it certainly scores pretty high with primary care, and this is good news for those with asthma or uncontrolled diabetes. The idea behind this is that most of these cases are dealt with before they become chronic. On the negative side, the Canadian healthcare system suffers from poor waiting times and you will usually face a one month wait for an appointment.

If you are currently preparing for a move to Canada, please check on the state and your future employer’s details because these could make all the difference!