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Old 09-23-2013, 06:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am coming to Canada this October for 9 months from the UK and I need some medical advice

I had a Kidney transplant in the year 2000 and my doctors here back home are happy enough for me to go and enjoy myself but while I am away they would like me to register with a GP in Vancouver and have a couple of check ups that include taking bloods.

How would I go about doing this? I have no idea where to start and don't know if I should wait till I get to Canada and visit the hospital/clinic while I'm there or contact them before hand.

Any advice is helpful!

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How to Find a Family Doctor in Vancouver, BC
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Are you working? If so you will be able to get provincial health care after a time. In Alberta it is three months. Health care here is top notch.
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Are you working? If so you will be able to get provincial health care after a time. In Alberta it is three months. Health care here is top notch.
Yeah ill be working, thanks!

I've emailed a few clinics in Vancouver and I've been told ill have to register when I get there.
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Yeah ill be working, thanks!

I've emailed a few clinics in Vancouver and I've been told ill have to register when I get there.
I'd check out the MSP site. I know there's normally a 60-90 day waiting period before you get coverage. It's the remainder of the month you arrive plus 2 months. So if you come on the 30th it might be 60 days and if you come on the first it will be 90.

My company provided health insurance during the waiting period so I was covered. Maybe check with your employer. Otherwise maybe someone else can add something about private insurance or paying out of pocket while you wait.
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Hmmph. Maybe I should look into this. I haven't had a doctor in over 20 years... this guy isn't even here yet and he's getting one! Then again, I haven't needed one since 2006.
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I don't have a family doc anymore. Mine retired when I was in my late teens. No need, you can just go to a walk in for most things. I'd find a local doc when you get here and book an appointment for just after your provincial coverage begins.

Got no problem with working people using our medical system. It's the moms that bring their kid with a runny nose to the urgent care centre that bothers me on a personal level.
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Got no problem with working people using our medical system. It's the moms that bring their kid with a runny nose to the urgent care centre that bothers me on a personal level.
Twerps like that were why I spent 7 hours in the ER a couple weeks ago. What a piss off.
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Thank you all for the advice, it was really helpful
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