There are many different ways to access physical and mental health care in the province of Quebec:
Student Wellness Hub: The Student Wellness Hub cannot offer drop in appointments while campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep serving the McGill community, most of our services are available by phone or online. Visit the Access Virtual Services page for more information.
Any costs associated with medical acts or laboratory tests are billed directly to your McGill International Health Insurance plan or Canadian provincial health insurance plan, saving you the step of having to submit a claim or paying in advance.
CLSC: Centre local de services communautaires/Local Community Health Centres. They provide health and psychosocial services to their populations, and can connect you with resources available in your community. Find a CLSC.
Walk-in Clinics (off-campus): These clinics accept drop-ins (without an appointment). You will be seen by a nurse, nurse practitioner, or doctor. Walk-in clinics may require you to register in advance for a drop-in spot. Drop-in appointments may be affected by COVID-19. Find a walk-in clinic.
Emergencies: Call 911
By dialling 9-1-1, you will be immediately connected with someone who can send help (emergency responders, an ambulance, police, or the fire department). Available 24/7.
Non-Urgent Health Concerns: Call 811
By dialling 8-1-1, you can speak to a nurse with Quebec’s Info-Santé service. The nurse can answer questions about your health. Not sure if you should go to a health clinic? Speaking to a nurse at Info-Santé can help you decide. Available for free, 24/7. Not in Quebec? Visit our Off Campus Support page and click on "Accessing Care Outside of Quebec" for a list of health lines in other provinces.
If your condition is serious, you must go to the emergency room of a hospital or call 911. Find a hospital.
A number of resources exist in the community to support individuals in crisis, or who would like to reach out for help anytime of day or night. View a list of resources.
The McGill Student and Staff Dental Clinic is currently open and provides direct billing for most insurance companies. You can make an appointment by phone or email, or find a different dental practice list at studentcare.ca (available to students enrolled in the SSMU, PGSS, and MCSS dental insurance plans).
If you’re in need of an eye exam, you can search for optometrists near you, or search via the service provider network list at studentcare.ca (available to students enrolled in the SSMU, PGSS, and MCSS supplemental health insurance plans).
Tips on Accessing Healthcare:
- Bring your health insurance card (and McGill ID card if accessing McGill services).
- Accessing Healthcare Outside of McGill:
- The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how many health services provide care. Consider calling or emailing to find out what safety protocols are in place before you go for walk-in services or an appointment.
- International and Out-of-Province Students: Be prepared to pay cash up front. You may be partially reimbursed by your insurance provider or province after submitting a claim. “International fees” or “administrative charges” are not reimbursable.
- Call medical clinics in advance to confirm if they are full.
- Be prepared to wait. Wait times in many clinics can feel long!
- To see a medical specialist in Quebec (e.g. a dermatologist), you will need a referral from a primary care doctor. You can book an appointment at the Student Wellness Hub to get a referral.
Still have questions? Check our our pre-recorded Navigating Healthcare at McGill and Beyond workshop!
Next steps: Learn more about your insurance coverage