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Old 11-23-2016, 07:48 AM
 
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Hi all,

Thought I would ask some questions here regarding moving to Canada. A few quick facts:

I was born in Toronto and have citizenship. My family moved to the US when I was a child, so I technically carry dual, though the US doesn't recognize it. I'm considering returning to Canada after having been gone. It will likely be Thunder Bay or Winnipeg (depends on job offer).

My question is this though... All of my healthcare is in the US. I understand it can take a bit of time to see a family doctor and specialist in Canada. Because all of my doctors are in Minnesota, would I be permitted to continue getting healthcare in the US (yes, I realize it's going to cost me) and get my RX's filled in the states (I have a managed but chronic medical condition that requires medication) during that transition? My greatest concern is maintaining continuity of care during the transition. Also, I have no Canadian credit rating. How would I go about finding an apartment?

Thank you.
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Old 11-23-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If you are settling in Winnipeg:

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If you are eligible (i.e., legally entitled to be in Canada and intend on living in Manitoba for at least 183 days of the year), coverage will begin on the first day of the third month after your arrival in Manitoba. For example, if you arrive on April 29, April will count as the first month, with May and June as the following two. Therefore, in this case your coverage would begin July 1.
See more info here: Are You Covered? | Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living | Province of Manitoba

So you could arrange to book an appointment with a doctor at any time but just make sure the appointment date is after coverage begins and you have received your Health Card.

If you want to continue pay for a specialist in the U.S. with your own money I don't see why that would be anyone's business but your own.

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Old 11-23-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the links and helpful info. Would it be legal for me to get my prescription filled in the US and come back with it though. I'm finding conflicting information, and I don't think my US doctor can write an RX to be filled in Canada.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I checked the Health Canada website. I don't know if you are considered a visitor or a resident at the point of entry since you haven't yet taken up residence, so I'll quote the regulations for both:

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Visitors to Canada:

Visitors to Canada may bring into Canada, on their person a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply based on the directions for use, whichever is less, of a prescription drug.

The drug must be for the individualís own personal use, for the use of a person for whom they are responsible and with whom they are travelling,.

The drug must be shipped/carried in one of the following:
Hospital or pharmacy dispensed packaging;
Original retail packaging; or
have the original label affixed to it which clearly indicates what the health product is and what it contains.

A Visitor may import an additional single unit, single course of treatment or a 90-day supply based on the directions for use, whichever is less, of a prescription drug. When a prescription drug is mailed to a Visitor, the drug should be accompanied by some form of documentation indicating that the drug is destined to a Visitor and/or the Visitor should be prepared to provide documentation/written evidence (stamped passport, student/work visa, letter from an employer/university etc) that they are a Visitor to Canada when requested
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Canadian Resident:
Importations of prescription drugs by Canadian residents are not permitted by mail or courier.

So as not to interrupt a course of treatment, Health Canada may use enforcement discretion to permit a Canadians returning from abroad to bring with them on their person a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply based on the directions for use, whichever is less, of a prescription drug.

The drug must be for the individual's own personal use or the use of a person for whom they are responsible and with whom they are travelling.

The drug must be in one of the following:
Hospital or pharmacy dispensed packaging;
Original retail packaging; or
have the original label affixed to it which clearly indicates what the health product is and what it contains.
Kwww.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/compli-conform/import-export/gui-0084_biu-uif-eng.php
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Thanks for the links and helpful info. Would it be legal for me to get my prescription filled in the US and come back with it though. I'm finding conflicting information, and I don't think my US doctor can write an RX to be filled in Canada.
You are correct that prescriptions from American physicians cannot be filled by Canadian pharmacies.
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