The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) provides residents of Ontario with free basic health care services (generally excluding dental services) that are medically necessary. Services covered include visits to a family doctor, specialists, and hospital stays.
To obtain a health card for the first time, apply in person at Service Ontario, 1201 Division Street (Kingslake Plaza). Children do not need to be present to apply. Application forms and documentation you need to bring can be found at https://www.services.gov.on.ca/locations/serviceDetails.do?id=11282
Questions? Contact the Ministry's INFOline at 1-800-268-1154 TTY 1-800-387-5559 from 8:30am - 5:00pm. For details about eligibility and application forms, visit the OHIP website.
Newcomers to Ontario must wait three months before the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage starts. The waiting period begins on the date you establish residence in Ontario. During the waiting period, the university requires you and your dependants to take out interim coverage with the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Follow the link for enrollment information, forms and fees, and where to go to enroll. You will need to make an appointment to visit the Human Resources department to finalize your UHIP enrollment. This must be done within 30 days of your arrival in Kingston, or a $500 fine will apply.
If you are a former resident of Ontario and you have been out of the Province for a long period of time, you may also have to wait for three months under certain circumstances - contact the Ministry's information line at 1-800-268-1154 TTY 1-800-387-5559 from 8:30am - 5:00pm for details on your specific case or check the information on the OHIP web site.
If you are an eligible resident, your former province's or territory's health insurance will cover you for up to three months until you can obtain coverage from OHIP.
Queen's Human Resources Department web site provides extensive information on supplementary health and dental coverage available to university employees.
As everywhere in Canada, family doctors who take new patients can be difficult to find in Kingston. If you have not been able to locate a family physician accepting new patients, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program.
Kingston offers several walk-in clinicsto take care of urgent, minor, non-life threatening medical problems. You can also get your prescription renewed at a walk-in clinic. Please follow the link for locations and hours. No appointment is necessary, and fees are covered if you are covered under OHIP or UHIP.
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