Do American immigrants get free health care in Canada?

Do American immigrants get free health care in Canada?
I plan on moving there, and I’m planning budgets. But I know that Canadians have free health care. Do immigrants get to utilize this as well?

Suggestion by E-vangelist
Immigrants are eligible for health care coverage under the Canada Health Act, although there are waiting periods of up to 90 days in some provinces.

Suggestion by good grief
Yes they do. But not everything is free! If you are in the hospital, you don’t get semi-private or private rooms for free, ambulance is not free, plus in most provinces, you must pay a premium for your health card. Drugs are not free, unless there’s some kind of low income program offered by provincial government. Check out the Ministry of Health government websites for each province in addition to Health Canada, And Immigrations Canada

Suggestion by Chris I
I hope you mean that you are planning to apply to Immigrate. If you qualify, it may take several years to actually get your citizenship, but yes, legal Immigrants qualify for Health Care. It isn’t free, by the way, our taxes are much higher than yours, plus we pay much more for gas, tobacco and alcohol. Plus soft drinks and junk food are taxable.

If you mean you are just planning to move here without going through the immigration process, you will not be eligible for health care and you will be deported if caught. No country welcomes Illegal Immigrants.

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Can enployer who provides free health insurance as a benefit for working night start charging you?
I have worked for a company for 5 years and Always had free health insurance for working nights when I started it was considered a bennefit now I have to pay can they do tht under law

Suggestion by lilwunda
Yes, employers can pretty much do whatever they choice as far as how much benefits that they provide.
With the cost of everything going up, employers are considering cost, and they are making employees pay for some of the cost of their medical benefits. Many, many, companies are following the same trend.
With a lot of people out of work, you have to consider the fact that you are employed, and go ahead a pay the cost of the medical.
You can always decide to look for another job, but you won’t find too many companies that provide medical 100%.

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Sorry I dont know but just wanted to say I feel sorry for you, 5 years and now they`re going to add on an extra 100+ to your bills every month. You have my sympathy!

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12 Responses to Do American immigrants get free health care in Canada?

  1. Z October 19, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Oh great – another one who thinks health care is free in Canada. Where do you get these ideas from anyway? Do you think doctors work for free and that hospitals are built and staffed with volunteers?

    Come on.

    I do hope you are eligible to immigrate to Canada and that you aren’t just planning on showing up and expecting a job, accommodation and your imaginary “free” health care.

  2. Chuckles October 19, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Can I assume by this you applied to immigrate to Canada three years ago and have just received your Canadian Permanent Resident status. Because until you do, you are not moving to Canada.

    But once you have moved to Canada legally, than yes, you can get Canadian medicare.

    If you just drive across the border without permission to immigrate, you will not be able to get a job and you do not get medical care except for cash.

  3. SteveN October 19, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    As a legal Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has not yet applied/qualified for citizenship, you are entitled to use the public health care system, sometimes referred to as medicare.

    You must apply for a provincial health care card as soon as you are allowed to (some provinces have waiting periods), and you must show this card each time you go to a hospital or clinic where you want to get covered by the health insurance.

    And keep in mind that it’s not really “free” health care. Canadians pay a lot of taxes that are designed to cover the costs of health care.

  4. Lori October 19, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    If you are in Canada legally you are eligible after 3 months.

  5. mirellaki October 19, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    It depends if you can immigrate, obviously.

    I was wondering if you planned this because of an already declared sickness? because note that to immigrate you must prove that you are in good health. It is possible that they refuse you based on your health.

  6. xxx October 19, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    If you have permanent resident status, you will have all legal rights like everybody no matter where you live in Canada.

  7. Benjamin October 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    As long as you pay taxes and are a registered Canadian Citizen!



  8. magpieix A.L.M.N. October 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    If you are going through the process to become a Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident, then yes, once you’ve passed your Medical Exam you can get coverage, subject to a waiting period.

    It’s the same coverage as a citizen, except that it must be renewed every year (with proof of eligibility), instead of every five.

  9. Avis de J.J. / J.J's Advice October 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    It’s a long process, but YES, once you’re have permanent residency in Canada, you’ll be entitled to enroll in the public health plan offered by the province you’re in.

  10. src50 October 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Yes, they can, as long as the same rules apply to all employees.

  11. mbrcatz17 October 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Yes. They are not required to pay ANY benefits coverage for you at all, or even provide you access.

  12. October 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Yes, employers are not required to pay any or all of an employee’s health insurance benefits.

    However, you may have a case against the employer if you have some form of written documentation (such as an employment contract) where the employer states that they will provide health insurance benefits for you for a certain period of time.

    Either way, individual health insurance is much cheaper than group health insurance so it can pay off to shop around.

    Be sure and compare quotes from reputable companies in order to find a good policy for a cheap price.

    Here is some more information on finding cheap health insurance:

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