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Kingston has a number of medical clinics that provide health services outside of hospitals and doctors' offices. Some clinics are publicly funded and accept patients with Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) cards. For example, the government of Ontario pays for every resident of the province to get an annual flu shot. Generally, flu shots are administered at community-based clinics sponsored by the local public health department, though they are also available though family doctors, pharmacies and community health centres.

After-hours medical clinics are another example of a publicly funded medical service. Kingston has a number of after-hours or walk-in clinics. It does not cost to use these clinics and appointments aren't required.

Other examples of publicly funded medical clinics:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) clinics
  • X-ray and ultrasound clinics
  • Sexual health clinics
  • Foot care (podiatry) clinics
  • Diabetes education clinics

Some clinics provide health services that are not funded or insured by the government and charge fees. Patients with private health insurance or workplace health insurance may be able to recoup all or part of the fees charged for uninsured medical services.

Some examples of health services that are not covered by OHIP:

  • Naturopathic medicine (sometimes called alternative medicine)
  • Visits to physiotherapists and chiropractors
  • Cosmetic surgery (except reconstructive surgery)
  • Private counselling
  • Massage therapy and acupuncture

Other Health Services

Midwives are part of the Ontario health system and their services are provided free of charge to residents. Midwives take care of women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and through home or hospital births.

For More Information

Find Health Care Options
Ontario government website with a health services directory, a tool for finding a family health care provider, information on Telehealth Ontario, and more. Available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and by RSS.

Where can I find a hospital in my area?
List of resources for finding after-hours clinics, urgent-care centres, hospitals, and/or hospital emergency rooms throughout Ontario. Includes links to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about emergency rooms and how to choose where to go.

Sexual Health Clinic
Free counselling, testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Women under 19 also have access to birth control and pregnancy testing. Services include general drop-in clinics, special teen clinics, and a confidential phone line. Factsheets and other informational resources on sexual health are available for download.

Where can I get medical help if I don’t have a family doctor?
Information about walk-in medical clinics, community health centres and Telehealth Ontario confidential telephone advice line. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Rainbow Health Ontario
A province-wide program that aims to improve access to services and promote the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities in Ontario. Includes a directory of service providers and an online newsletter.

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