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Free Clinics for Visitors, Tourists and ESL Students without MSP or a Care Card

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by milquetoast, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    PS: Travellers and international students are advised to get travel insurance and to access private services such as Stein Medical Clinic if they can afford them.

    While the following free clinics can't turn you away, they are tax-payer funded to fill a gap in services. They exist to provide low barrier care for the vulnerable. Well-to-do travelers and wealthy students from abroad don't fit the mandate. Please don't abuse these services.

    For those that do need medical care and for whatever reason cannot afford these services, you may be able to see a family doctor for free without MSP coverage or travel health insurance. You do not need a CareCard!

    You have multiple options if you are a youth under 25. If you are older than 25, your options are more limited.

    Most of these medical clinics are run by the health authorities in what are known as Community Health Centres. Free counselling, dietitian and social worker services are also offered at some locations.

    Pine Free Clinic CLOSED
    1985 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver

    • The clinic serves youth and young adults 24 years of age and under. No MSP coverage needed.
    • People over 25 without a Medical Service Plan can visit in the mornings from 9 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Friday.
    Free Youth Clinics (No MSP, Care Card or BC Services Card required)
    The majority of these clinics are walk-in only so find out the drop-in hours before going. Most will serve patients 24 years old and under but some may only go up to 19 or 21. Call before you go.

    Additional perks of youth clinics are that they hand out free birth control pills, emergency contraception like Plan B aka the morning-after pill. Some of them also do free STD testing for those without MSP coverage. In some cases, you may even be able to get a free IUD.

    Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and the rest of Vancouver Coastal:

    Burnaby, Surrey and the rest of Fraser Health (21 and under):

    Refugee or a refugee claimant?
    Get an ICS referral to the Bridge Clinic at Evergreen Community Health Centre.

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