Canada offers its residents a universal, government-funded health system that has long been the subject of debate. The Canadian healthcare system is managed on a provincial level, and although it remains uniform for the most part, it is ultimately subject to the adjustments of the separate provinces.

Expats with permanent residency in Vancouver qualify to enrol for this public health insurance, called the British Columbia Medical Service Plan (MSP), and should do so as soon as possible. 

There is a three-month waiting period between application and when coverage begins, and during this time it’s crucial that expats maintain their personal or employer-sponsored private health insurance. Expats can start to take advantage of MSP once they receive their CareCard with their Personal Health Number.

Those who don’t qualify for the state-sponsored health insurance plan should be sure to take out private health insurance for the duration of their stay.

Regardless of how expats finance their healthcare in Vancouver, they can rest assured that top-quality healthcare is available in British Columbia. 

Expats should note that the MSP does not cover dental, eye care, prescription medicines or extended health services, such as ambulances. It is necessary to obtain private coverage for this. In many cases, this is offered by an employer.

Hospitals in Vancouver

Below is a list of some of the most prominent hospitals in Vancouver:

St Paul’s Hospital

Address: 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6

BC Children’s Hospital

Address: 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

Address: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital

Address: 3080 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 3N4

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