McGill Student Health Service
As a McGill student, you can access McGill's Student Health Clinic for urgent attention, check-ups, follow-ups and long-term care. Spouses and children must use alternate Montreal health services.
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SSMU Health and Dental Plan
All undergraduate students who are members of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) and who are paying tuition fees at either the Canadian or Quebec rates are automatically enrolled in the SSMU Health and Dental Plan. You can add dependants (spouses and children) to your plan for an additional fee. Visit SSMU's website to learn more, or go to www.ihaveaplan.ca to enroll your family.
PGSS Health and Dental Plan
All Canadian graduate students enrolled at McGill are eligible for the Post-Graduate Student Society (PGSS) Health and Dental Plan, and can add their spouses/children for an additional cost. Visit the PGSS site to learn more, or to print the enrollment form.
McGill requires all international students and their accompanying dependants to participate in the McGill International Student Health Insurance Plan, administered by International Student Services.
Giving birth in Montreal
Finding medical support for your pregnancy can be a long process, so it is best to start looking once you have confirmed your pregnancy. Among other options, you may chose:
A) Hospital delivery
Two obstetrics clinics you can try: Royal Victoria Hospital (514-934-1934 x31603 or 514-843-1603) and Jewish General Hospital (514-340-8222 x8271), located on the McGill Family map. Alternatively, you can search online using the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Quebec.
B) Maisons de Naissance or Homebirth
Montreal has two Maisons de Naissance: Côte-des-Neiges (514-736-2323) and the West Island Heath and Social Services Centre (514-697-1199). The Maisons de Naissance offer a non-medicated birth attended only by midwives, with transfer to an affiliated hospital if necessary. Homebirth is also an option. Alternately, prenatal care by a midwife is available through the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Jeanne-Mance (514-527-9565 x1473). You may then chose to give birth at home or at the Hôpital Saint-Luc. Online, you can try: L’Ordre des Sages-Femmes du Québec or Le Regroupement Les Sages-femmes du Quebec.
Note to out-of-province and international students: If you do not have Quebec medicare, you will likely need to pay cash for all appointments, including ultrasounds and delivery, so make sure you have some money set aside. Subsequently, you can submit a requisition form to your province or private insurer in order to claim your expenses. McGill International Student Blue Cross will reimburse many expenses with proper receipts, but check in advance regarding the maximum claims allowed per consultation and procedure. While pregnant, you may contact Blue Cross to request that your delivery expenses be preapproved. Please note that babies born in Quebec to international students are not automatically entitled to Quebec medicare. It is advisable to discuss insurance options for the baby with the International Student Office during pregnancy.
Raising a family while being in school
It can be difficult to find a pediatrician or family doctor who is taking new patients so you may wish to begin looking before the baby is born. Discuss options with your doctor, OB/GYN, or midwife. You may also contact your neighborhood CLSC for a list of local pediatricians and family doctors.
Being pregnant while in school
As a pregnant woman, you may have special needs in the classroom. During a three-hour seminar, for instance, you will probably need to eat, drink, and use the restroom. You might also feel unusually tired. For your own health and the health of your baby, it is important to give yourself the rest you need. Take naps, go to bed earlier, and if you need an extension, request it. You may also request that research projects be altered so that you may avoid any harmful chemicals, radioactivity, etc., or exhausting activities (e.g. standing all day).