Accessing Healthcare When Uninsured
A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP). To learn more, visit the OHIP website.
Regardless of your legal status in Ontario, however, there are various ways for you to access health care services in Durham. If you do not have health insurance or are waiting for your coverage to begin, you can find primary health care and treatment services at Community Health Centres and uninsured clinics throughout Durham Region.
Brock Community Health Centre
Oshawa Community Health Centre
AIDS Committee of Durham
The Youth Centre
The Public Health Department at the Region of Durham also provides a number of services to all community members.
Get the flu shot for yourself and your family members 6 months of age or older. You can get it from your health care provider, walk- in clinic, local pharmacy or at a Health Department community flu clinic. Flu shots are free and are available to those without health cards at Durham Flu Clinics.
What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu), is a serious respiratory illness that is caused by a flu virus. The flu spreads from person to person through the air by coughing, sneezing and talking. It can also be spread on unwashed hands, table tops, toys and doorknobs.
For more information on how to stay healthy during this flu season, visit durham.ca/flu.
Need a pap test but don't have a healthcare provider?
Durham Region Health Department is working with local health care centres to make pap testing available for women who do not have a health care provider. If you are age 21 or over and you do not have a health care provider and have not had a pap test in the last 3 years, call Durham Health Connection Line today to book a Pap test at a clinic near you.
For more information, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729 or visit the Public Health website.