After arriving in Canada, there are many things that need to be taken care of. You must be aware of the fact that in most provinces national health care is not available from the very first day the immigrants arrive. While most of the Canadian provinces provide the new immigrants with health coverage, some Canadian provinces like Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick require the new immigrants to wait at least three months before they are eligible to get health plan benefits. If you have chosen any of these provinces as your destination, you should purchase private short-term, health care insurance.
You have to do two things to make sure that you and your family is well protected in regard with the health coverage. As soon as you arrive in Canada, you must apply for a health card in the province that you chose as your destination. You have to apply for the health card for you and for each accompanying member of your family. Even young children and babies need to get a health card. Without health card you cannot get free health coverage. In most provinces, you need at least three pieces of identification to prove your immigration status. They must be original documents. Anyone who is older than 15 may have to apply in person.
Since you have to wait 3 months in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick, it is highly important that you get health insurance from a private company. If someone in your family gets sick, medical costs can be very expensive. In some cases, it may be thousands of dollars. You must do this within 5 days of arriving in Canada or you may not get insured. It is even better if you can get the insurance before arriving in Canada. You can find a private insurance company and get the 3 month coverage for you and your family member who are accompanying you.
Finding an insurance company can not be very difficult. If you have hired an Immigration Consultant or an Immigration Lawyer, ask him to get you an insurance company’s contact number and get the health insurance. In this age of internet, you can find private insurance company by using search engines or online web directories. You can search online in Canadian province where you are going, and get the contact details of the insurance company. You can ask the information by email or can directly call them. Getting the insurance before leaving for Canada can be your best option. This way you may save thousands of dollars and feel secure about your health coverage as well as the health coverage of your family members.
Acquiring a short health insurance is one of the most important steps that you should take as a part of getting settled in Canada. In case of an emergency, it is important to have the right health insurance plan that meets you and your family’s needs. Otherwise you may get into financial problems if you or someone in your family gets sick after arriving in Canada.