Medical Insurance

Before you board a plane in your home country, find out from your health insurance company what medical services are covered while you’re travelling (especially if you have a medical condition).

While studying at CLLC you need to have valid medical insurance. It’s the law. You can buy it through us or bring your own, but CLLC’s won’t be valid until you’ve paid and landed in Canada. Please speak to your campus administration regarding your coverage after you graduate.

Oh, and here are a few important points if you take prescription medications:

  1. Pack enough medication to last your entire trip, including some extra.
  2. Carry your medications in their original labeled containers, and pack them in your carry-on bag.
  3. Ask your doctor for the generic name of your prescriptions, in case you need to buy more.
  4. Get a letter from your doctor, as you may be questioned about your carry-on medication.
  5. Carry a list of your medications with you at all times in case you need to see a doctor.
  6. Carry your medical insurance card with you at all times.

Walk-in clinics and hospital emergency rooms are available if you become sick. Please carry your health insurance with you so that you can show it to the clinic staff. Please note that you will pay for your medical services up front. It’s therefore recommended to ask your doctor to provide you with a report, which can be submitted with your receipts to the medical insurance company for reimbursement.

Here’s a tip: Canadian hospitals may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ensure that your payment is received by CLLC so your medical coverage is purchased to avoid any problems.

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